17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, January 1, 1913:
Greeting for January 1st 1913
Happy New Year Day
Hail the new year with all gladness,
Let us welcome it today.
For the joys it brings are many,
And its sorrows will not stay.
Now to make good resolutions;
Ones that we will never break,
Crushing down our weaker spirit
We should do this for our sake.
I would like to make a resolution
One that I would never break,
But the weaker spirit dwells within me,
And I’m doubting what to take.
Saw a rabbit this morning. Perhaps that was the new year come to welcome me. I fancied I saw either the old year or else the new year skulking around the straw stack, when I went out to milk this morning. It wasn’t quite day light so maybe that accounts for it.
I would like to resolve that I will study more this year, but I’m in doubt to whether my will power is strong enough. However I think I will at least make an attempt.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This blog is now at its halfway point. Grandma kept this diary for exactly four years—she began it on January 1, 1911 and the last entry was on December 31, 1914.
When I began posting these entries on January 1, 2011, I wasn’t sure I’d ever get to this point. But I’ve had a wonderful time doing this blog. I love doing research and finding materials. And, it’s been wonderful re-connecting with relatives and making many wonderful new friends.
I now fully expect—knock on wood—that I’ll post the last dairy entry one-hundred-years after Grandma wrote it on December 31, 2014.
It’s been a wonderful two years—and I look forward to sharing the next two years with you.
HAPPY NEW YEAR