17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, October 29, 1912: That kid is away for tonight, so I had some peace this evening. Had an exam today.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I wonder where Grandma’s 7-year-old brother Jimmie was. . . Maybe at a friend’s house for a sleep-over?
Grandma seldom mentioned Jimmie in the diary—yet she commented on his absence.
On a typical evening—when she doesn’t have “peace” –I wonder what types of things Grandma and Jimmie did together.
Did Grandma ready stories to Jimmie? Did they tease each other? When Grandma was trying to do her homework, did Jimmie beg Grandma to play games with him? . . .