No Mail: No Valentine

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

Saturday, February 14, 1914: Looked forward to a valentine this morning, but no mail carrier came as the roads were rendered impassable from the snow storm. The snow lies 18 in. deep on the ground.


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

Oh dear, no mail. . . and since it was a Saturday it will be two days until Grandma gets her valentine. Who was Grandma expecting to get it from?

This diary entry makes me realize that times have changed. . . and not changed . . .  in some unexpected ways over the past century.

In 2014, like 1914, due to the snow emergencies in many locations across the United States, lots of mail carriers probably are unable to deliver the mail . . . however, most young people today probably don’t care that it isn’t getting through since they  already got their valentines via Facebook, email, or texting.



20 Responses

  1. Yes, I have been watching news of the storms. One thing that won’t have changed re Valentine’s cards is the expectation and sometimes the disappointment.

  2. That’s so true about FB, etc. I only remember one snowstorm that brought us about that amount of snow; it was crippling.

  3. We have 12 inches or more here so I am relating 100 years later to Helena’s cry of woe.

  4. Happy Valentine’s Day to you as well Sheryl!
    Diana xo

  5. I wonder who she was hoping would send her one…and if she will eventually get it. I hope she cozies up with some hot chocolate and a book!

  6. And we’re still getting snow storms on Valentine’s Day, 100 years later!

  7. Yes … that’s an accurate reflection, Sheryl. Treacherous roads here today..

  8. Very ironic reading this today especially after looking out my window!

  9. Happy Valentines Day!

  10. We have about a foot of new snow this morning and it is still falling. My wife (a nurse) worked the over-night and came home this morning a little late. She is my valentine, so if no mail today it will not matter.

  11. Oh I bet that was disappointing!

  12. Happy Valentines day to YOU Sheryl, and for Grandma, too.

  13. Happy Valentine’s Day Sheryl!

  14. Poor Helena! But it’s interesting that she is so confident a card is coming. I hope we’ll hear more soon!

  15. Poor Grandma. I’m sorry she didn’t get her valentine on time, but pleased that she seems to have someone she expects one from. And yes, I agree, happy valentine’s day to you.

  16. […] The road must still be impassable due to the snowstorm that Grandma wrote about the previous day: […]

  17. What happened to the mailman’s creed — no rain, sleet or snow, etc.! LOL! Happy belated Valentine’s Day

  18. And to think at some point the postal service used to serve mail 2x every day..except Sundays…although, without stopping to research WHEN that era began, I cannot say if it pertained to Grandma’s particular time-frame. Yes, times have changed.

  19. […] Saturday, February 14 and yesterday you wrote that you were expecting a valentine, but didn’t get mail because of a […]

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