19th Birthday and Almost an Old Maid

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

Saturday, March 21, 1914:  It doesn’t seem to me that this day is long in coming. Time was, when I wanted it to come, now I don’t. Am afraid it may come some day and find me an old maid.

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

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

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Don’t stress. Nineteen is not old, and I can see in my crystal ball that you aren’t going to be an old maid—though you are going to need to wait another 7 years to get married.

16 thoughts on “19th Birthday and Almost an Old Maid

  1. Things have slightly changed since your Grandma’s 19th birthday. :) A nineteen year-old today is not considered an “old-maid” and actually just approaching adulthood and really still in her teens.

  2. Happy Birthday Helena! Yes 19 means you’ll be 20 next year and no longer a teen. I remember that feeling old to me. 29 was my hardest ever birthday. I cried and cried and cried!
    Diana xo

  3. Times definitely have changed. I would cringe at someone 19 getting married today. 26 may have been old back then, it certainly is just right today. She was a woman ahead of her time. I wonder at her feelings about being an old maid with all the posts referencing a mystery boy.

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