18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, December 20, 1913: Ruth and I had a sorry time of it this evening. It was a tongue fight.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Whew, what anger! What did Grandma and her sister Ruth fight about?
Sometimes when I read a diary entry, I can’t help imagining a story in my mind even though it’s probably wrong.
Here’s the story I imagine—
I think that the fight was about who was going to milk the cows. Ruth went to Sunbury from December 15 to December 19. On the 15th Grandma wrote:
Ruthie left for Sunbury this morning, also left me all the milking, but I’m pretty hardened to that.
Since Grandma did all of the milking for four days while Ruth as gone, I think that she wanted Ruth take a turn at doing all the milking so that Grandma could go somewhere and have a little fun. . . but Ruth refused.
. .. . Or maybe Ruth just took off to visit friends or attend a show without doing her share of the milking, and Grandma was once again forced to do it all. . . . . . . Or. . . .