18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, May 29, 1913: I was very much disappointed this morning. I had planned where to go tomorrow with a friend and then received a letter saying she couldn’t come. I made a wreath this afternoon and hunted up some wild ferns.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It’s upsetting when friends cancel—but at least Grandma came up with a fun activity that hopefully took her mind off her disappointment.
Have you ever seen a fern wreath? I don’t think that I ever have and can’t quite picture what it would look like. How long would it last?
A hundred years ago Memorial Day was celebrated on May 30, so Grandma may have made the wreath to take the cemetery for the upcoming holiday. I’ve always purchased wreathes to take to the cemetery. How did people make them years ago?