Graduation Picture Taken

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Thursday, April 30, 1913:

Where the trees put on their green,

When the flowers unfold in beauty

When all nature seems to sing,

Then we know that May is on duty.

Mother and I went to Milton this morning. Shouldn’t everybody notice but what she gets tired of carting me along and buying me things.

I had my pictures taken in the same outfit I wore at commencement, so now I will sure know what I looked like when I graduated.

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 Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:  

Grandma—Thank you for getting the picture taken.  Now not only you—but also all of us—are able to see how lovely you looked in your graduation dress.

What did you “need” when you were shopping that your mother found annoying?

Monthly Poem

Another month has passed—and, as usual, Grandma began the month with a poem. This poem particularly resonates with me.

Nature is beginning to sing outside my window, and the flowers are beginning to unfold their beauty.

32 Responses

  1. What a beautiful poem and a fabulous photo! Such a privilege to be privy to your Grandmother’s diary – so fascinating. Thanks again for sharing it!

    • And, thank you for the nice note. I have a lot of fun putting this blog together, and it’s always wonderful to hear when someone enjoys the diary.

  2. It is a beautiful poem; perfect for this time of year. (We’re having our third day of wind and rain, though, so we’re not able to get out and enjoy spring right now!)

  3. Love the poem AND the dress! And what a tentative little start of a smile in the corner of her mouth. Like it all hasn’t sunk in that she’s done it.

  4. Beautiful picture , nice poem… Wow :-)

  5. Love the picture of Helena. My grandmother graduated about the same time as Helena and I have always liked the importance and elegance portrayed in the graduation picture. Very nice to have such a treasure of Helena.

    • I also like the old-time graduation photos. It’s interesting to compare graduation pictures across the years. When I graduated from high school my graduation photo was a formal head shot with a gray background. Now young people often get fun graduation photos that provide clues to their interests and personalities.

  6. I like the poem and am also so glad that she had her picture taken!

    • I’m surprised that the picture was taken a week or so after her graduation rather than before it–but thank goodness she had it taken.

  7. I like the poem and the dress. I used to sew a lot of clothes when I was younger and I bet her dress is hand made and gorgeous.

    • You guessed correctly–the dress was handmade. On March 31 she mentioned that she took the materials for the dress to a seamstress to make it.

  8. I always say I can’t believe how quickly those poems come around! I think this one is my favourite so far. I felt like I could see the flowers’ petals opening out. Your Grandma looks lovely in that photo.

  9. She does look lovely in her dress. I hope she was pleased with the picture.

  10. That’s a great picture. I love the dress and her poem.

  11. Love the poem. May probably does feel like a duty, kind of like getting all set up for the BIG show….summer flowers.

  12. What a treat you have for us today, Sheryl! Lovely poem, picture, and thoughts (by you both). :)

    Blessings ~ Wendy

  13. She looked lovely! It’s wonderful that you (we!) get to see what she looked like at commencement.

  14. I love how your posts are all in sync with the seasons we’re in, but 100 years earlier. That makes it so interesting to relate back. Buying my daughter a dress this weekend I will be envious of those long-ago mothers who could get the girls to wear the dresses a few times around the same people without casting them off for something new!

    • It sounds like a fun week-end. I’ve always enjoyed shopping with my daughter. I bet you’ll find a beautiful dress–even if she doesn’t wear it much. :)

  15. What a sweet habit she had of writing a poem for the beginning of each month, and her graduation photo is very lovely. :)

    • It is really nice how she began each month with a poem! I’m a little surprised that a teen-ager would be organized enough to systematically remember to do a poem each month.

  16. [...] It didn’t take Grandma long to get the proofs. Her graduation pictures were taken on May 1. [...]

  17. Great post. And, again, I love the picture! So pretty, “Grandma”!

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