18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, March 25, 1913:
The beginning of April or the time to be fooled.
To make people mad and make people gay
It’s the time of the year which we all must fear.
So be very careful about what others say.
April fooled some people today. And got fooled some myself. We had quite a row tonight while practicing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
On the first day of each month Grandma began the diary entry with a poem.
I knew my elderly Grandmother. Her diary provides a window into what she was like as a teen. It’s fun to see how remnants of the fun, quirky teen in this diary were part of Grandma’s personality throughout her life.
Awhile ago several relatives wrote guest posts about their memories of Grandma. My cousin Anne Marie wrote about an April’s Fools day when Grandma was in her late 60’s or early 70’s.
One April Fools Day Grandma took an old newspaper from her basement and carefully glued all of the pages together and quietly placed it in our newspaper box. I can still hear Mom laughing when she tried to read the paper that day and it didn’t take her long to figure out who the prankster was.
See more guest posts with relative’s memories of Grandma by clicking on the Family Memories category.
(This comment is a repeat of the comment that I made last year on April Fools Day. I apologize for being repetitive–but it seemed so appropriate and relevant for this diary entry.)
The class play is on April 5. It sounds like the cast was getting really stressed out as the big day approached. The previous day Grandma wrote that they almost decided not to have the play–but decided to persevere.