17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, October 4, 1912: It was my turn to keep house today while Pa, Ma, and Jimmie went to the fair to take in the sights. I wasn’t to go away any place as I was to mind the house, cows, etc. Didn’t cut much ice with me, as I felt still tired from yesterday and was content to stay at home.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Seems reasonable to me—
Grandma had a wonderful day at the Milton Fair the previous day. Now it was her parents and little brother’s turn to go.
Where was Grandma’s sister Ruth? She was a teacher at a nearby school. Maybe Ruth didn’t give her students the day off like Grandma’s school did.
What does “didn’t cut much ice with me” mean? Grandma sounded annoyed that she had to stay home—yet she wrote that she was tired and content to stay home.
A quick Google search suggests that it means “don’t influence me”, but that doesn’t exactly work in this context.