Diary Blues

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

Tuesday, December 2, 1913:

Now if I was an energetic girl, I’d have these pages filled with things overflowing of great doings, but alas and alack, it’s actually the reverse.


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


Don’t be so hard on yourself, you have the diary blues—today people talk about the blogging blues when they struggle to come up with things to write.

12 Responses

  1. We can identify, Grandma!!! Some days are just a struggle to know what to write!

  2. Haha, I wondered if it was Blogger’s Block! I felt like I’ve had that. :D

  3. I agree with you – Grandma should not be “so hard on herself.” She seems disappointed with herself (we have all been there) – if only we could reach back in time and tell her how everyone is enjoying and cherishing her words today.

  4. It sounds to me as if Helena wished she was more adventurous so she’d have something more to write about.

    I’ve never heard alack, what’s alack?

  5. Oh, I can so relate! :)

  6. The writing tools may be different, the feeling completely the same. Brilliant post.

  7. Yes, if only we could tell her…

  8. I think it is hard to think of something to write every day.

  9. It’s interesting to hear Helena reflecting on the journal all of a sudden–I wonder what got her thinking about it.

  10. Your grandmother must have used up a lot of energy on the farm but I am also wondering how much young women of that time struggled with the effects of anaemia.

  11. She would be surprised to learn how happy we would be to read more details of her actual life, however unenergetic and lacking it seemed to her.

  12. Grandma didn’t know she’d have fans 100 years later :D

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