Feels Funny When You Have Nothing to Do

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.

Recent view of the field across the road from the house that Grandma lived in.

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.

12 Responses

  1. “Nothing to do” back in the day when there were no distractions like there are today (internet, texting,TV, etc.) had to have felt different. Or maybe not, to a teenager. (Beautiful photo!)

    • Since they didn’t know about the possibilities of internet, texting, TV etc. I suppose that they never missed it. I wonder what people did back then to while away time.

  2. So true, I think I was also around 40 when I finalize the truth tot that. Funny how I never thought of people 100 yrs ago having nothing to do..I always assumed they were always busy with something. :)

  3. I have to wonder if Grandma ever told her mother she had nothing to do – if I happened to mention that to my mother she would smile sweetly and say she could find plenty of things for me to do!

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