18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, January 9, 1914: Nothing much doing here this afternoon. Started to read a book this afternoon. Ruth and I expect to go to a dance this evening.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Nothing??? It sounds like the most exciting day in weeks.
What do you plan to wear to the dance? Are you going to do anything special with your hair? Who are you hoping to dance with? Where is the dance? . . . .