18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, September 27, 1913: Ditto
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The previous day Grandma wrote that she was “still pegging away.” In order words, she was using a husking peg to remove the husks from corn as it was being harvested.
Click here to see an awesome YouTube video of people husking corn the old-fashioned way at the 2009 Nebraska State Hand Corn Huskers competition.
Husking corn sounds like a mindless, repetitive task. I bet that Grandma’s mind wandered while she pegged away.
What was Grandma thinking? . . . hmm, what did I think about when I was 18? . . . guys? . . . my friends?. . . chores? . . . nice things someone said about me? . . . not so nice things that others might be whispering about me? . . . books I was reading? . . . the future? . . .