Stiff from Picking Strawberries

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

Tuesday, June 16, 1914:  Am as stiff as a poker, and feel worse than I don’t know what.


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

I’d feel stiff, too. I think that Grandma was getting paid by a neighbor to pick strawberries. The previous day she wrote that she was “working for wages.” It’s hard work to stoop and pick strawberries for hours on end.

I wonder if Grandma ate any of the berries. In 1912, she wrote:

This morning I picked berries and helped myself to some. I wonder if anyone saw me. . .

June 10, 1912

30 Responses

  1. I hope she did get some to taste.

  2. Yes, I certainly hope she got a taste!

  3. There’s something we can all identify with, even a hundred years later – doing something your body isn’t used to, for hours on end HURTS….
    But fresh strawberries and a bit of spending money make it (some) better :)

  4. All this talk about strawberries make me wonder when the local ones will be ready . . .

  5. I can’t imagine how sore I would be!

  6. Poor Helena!

  7. My back hurts just thinking about the hours spent picking. Not easy work I recall from my own years growing up on a farm.

  8. I bet she felt stiff, that’s hard work!
    Diana xo

  9. Yes, that is hard work! We went blueberry picking the other day. At least you can stand up straight for that!

  10. I did that too when I was about 17-18…and yes, you get stiff pretty quickly :)

  11. I hope your grandma made lots of “wages” to cover her photography equipment and that she also enjoyed some of those strawberries herself!

  12. I worked bent over all day yesterday and sure felt it today. Not to mention you grandma was probably dresses less comfortable than me.

  13. Our local ones are starting too – funny how the events of a decade ago repeats itself…well all except the hours of picking!

  14. I do not like picking strawberries – hard work and too hot. :)

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