17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, November 16, 1912: Didn’t have much at all to do this afternoon. I think you feel so funny when you have nothing at all to do.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Many days when I read what Grandma wrote, I am surprised how similar teens a hundred years ago are to teens today.
But occasionally, like today, I’m amazed how astute Grandma was—even though she was only 17. I don’t think that I learned until I was well into my 40s that it feels funny when I have nothing to do—and that I’m happier when I’m busy doing things that are meaningful to me.