18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, May 21, 1913: Didn’t feel very well with morning, so I tried to take it out in making Ruthie miserable. Although I don’t I succeeded.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
What did Grandma do to her sister Ruth? It must have been pretty bad if she admitted that she wasn’t nice in the diary.
Usually when Grandma and her sister Ruth weren’t getting along, Grandma would use her author’s prerogative and blame the problem on Ruth—though Grandma generally called Ruth, Rufus when she was angry.
For example, on October 28, 2012 Grandma wrote:
Got mad at the Rufus tonight. I think she can be so mean sometimes.
And, on June 5, 2012 she wrote:
Trotted up to McEwensville this morning on an errand for Rufus, the dear little mortal.