Confusing Diary Entries

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Sunday, October 19, 1913: Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Then it commenced to rain, but got home alright after all.


Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Hmm—I don’t quite get this diary entry.

What was Grandma trying to say?. . . that it quit raining before Sunday School ended? . . . that someone gave her a ride home in a buggy? . . . that she walked home in the rain, but didn’t catch a cold? . . . that someone loaned her an umbrella?

Perhaps, I shouldn’t worry about not quite understanding diary entries like this one.  It doesn’t sound like Grandma was recording anything very interesting or important.  .  . but somehow I find it annoying when I can’t figure out what she was trying to say.

15 Responses

  1. Know what you’re saying Sheryl but seems Miss Muffly was saying that she went to Sunday School and, before she left for home, it commenced (started) to rain but she got home alright/ OK/ without a prob. I agree that she’s not saying how it was that she got home “alright” but at least she’s recording something today… :lol:

  2. I think I’ve made this comment before, but I’m guessing that if Grandma had ANY idea that you’d have her diary and be sharing it with all of us, she would perhaps have been a bit more explicit!

  3. I love her handwriting!

  4. I lover her handwriting too! Pretty, so flowey!

  5. Thanks for the snippet of handwriting! It’s that “after all” that is mysterious. Of course, it means, “despite the rain (or the worries walking home in the rain could bring)” but just what was the “all?”

  6. I think she loved the smell and feel of the rain as she walked home, perhaps to a warm fire in the hearth and cup of cocoa!

  7. I keep a journal and sometimes, when I reread old entries, I have no idea what they mean! Diary writing is so personal that it’s almost telegraphic–we certainly never expect someone else to try and make sense of it!

  8. I like to think she meant she got home without being drenched or mud on shoes and clothes. She does have a nice handwriting.

  9. Seems that going to Sunday school and then facing the rain to get home seemed remarkable to her on this day. Remarkable enough to record in her diary. What is mundane to us now may have been a cause for her excitement 100 years ago.

  10. I think she’s hiding something… it sounds a little bit coy. A note to herself that only she understands, a secret of the heart.

    Somebody brought her home. Who?

  11. Your grandmother certainly wasn’t a chatty Cathy when it came to diary entries.

  12. […] wrote that it rained on Sunday, September 21, 1913 and Sunday, October 19, 1913. So it rained about one Sunday a month during Fall, 1913. In other words, it rained one Sunday out […]

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