Caught a Cold

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

Friday, February 6, 1914:  Got a cold. Guess tis the first I’ve had this winter. Didn’t feel very good today at all.

Picture Source: Kimball's Dairy Farmer Magazine (November 15, 1914)

Picture Source: Kimball’s Dairy Farmer Magazine (November 15, 1914)

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

Colds are no fun.

I always catch colds when I’m exhausted and feeling down.  I think that it affects my immune system.  I bet that the same thing happened to Grandma.

She did a recitation the previous night at a Christian Endeavor service—and it didn’t go well since she forgot part of it.

13 Responses

  1. I guess her performance was affected by that strange, sort of low feeling you get just before a cold announces itself in full force.

  2. Nothing fun about a cold. We have to remember that our ancestors probably suffered more than we do though.

  3. Simple but meaningful friends, greetings compassion :)

  4. Too bad Grandma didn’t tell us what she was doing to ease her cold symptoms! Some of those old home remedies are really helpful!

  5. I caught a really nasty one at Thanksgiving. It took weeks to finally get rid of the lingering cough.

  6. Would have been interesting to hear what she did about it! :)

  7. Maybe she forgot part of her recitation because she was catching a cold?
    I agree with you. I’m more likely to catch a cold when I’m tired or stressed.

  8. Maybe she forgot about it because she wasn’t feeling well! DIstracted by the virus invading her system!

  9. Just that time of year for the colds and flu. Certainly in those days any complications could have become serious. Hope she feels well soon!

  10. We are triune beings; physical, emotional and mental. If one area feels weak the other areas are made vulnerable too, don’t you think?

  11. Wonder if they used Vicks in those days for colds. How I hated that stuff in my own “good old days.” Poor Helena….

  12. Poor Helena . . . and you can bet she still had to milk the cows and do chores–they wait for no one.

  13. We don’t hear “tis” these days. I remember it being in my grandmother’s vocabulary.

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