18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, August 11, 1913: Am busy planning.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma was planning for the Sunday School picnic. The previous day she wrote:
We have decided to have our S.S. picnic next Wed. . .
I wonder what she needed to plan. . . . activities? . . . what food to bring?
August would be the perfect time for watermelon.
Grandma probably wouldn’t have done anything as fancy as the suggestion for serving watermelon in Ladies Home Journal:
An unusually nice way to serve watermelon is to have the pulp removed from the whole melon which has first been cut in halves, and replaced on cracked ice in half of the rind arranged in bowl fashion. Cone-shaped portions may then be served individually in sundae glasses, or cut in cubes in sherbet-cups.
Ladies Home Journal (July 1911)