18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, August 30, 1913: The Lutherans had a Sunday School picnic down at the park today. Of course, I went. Had a pretty good time, but I guess I ate too much from the way I feel now.
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Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The food must have been really good. There is an old Pennsylvania saying that meals should have “seven sweets and seven sours.”
The idea was to balance sweets and sours. In other words, eat some cake—but eat some pickles, too.
The phrase is often associated with the Amish, but traditionally it was often used throughout the state in German American communities.
There probably was a plethora of both sweets and sours at the picnic. I bet that Grandma had a sweet tooth and overdid the sweets.