Forgot the Particulars

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

Thursday, July 10 – Friday, July 11, 1914:  Forgot the particulars of these days.

Did Grandma go up to McEwensville to visit friends?

Did Grandma go up to McEwensville to visit friends?

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

Grandma’s had a dry spell lately—the previous four days (July 6-9), she merely wrote “nothing doing.” Now, apparently on July 12, she wrote an entry that explained away the 10th and 11th.

. . . or maybe she went shopping in Watontown?

. . . or maybe she went shopping in Watsontown?

Why weren’t all six days combined into one entry? It almost seems like Grandma actually wrote the “nothing doing” for the first four days on the 9th—then again set the diary aside for a couple more days.

. . . or led a horse as the hay was unloaded into the hay mow?

. . . or led a horse as the hay was unloaded into the hay mow?

, , , or sat in the house and dreams of more exciting days to come?

, , , or sat in the house and dreamed of more exciting days to come?

6 Responses

  1. There are some days I would like to explain away like that. Or forget the particulars of them.

  2. ‘Forgot the particulars’ happens to me now and then.

  3. It’s funny how when we get into a routine, no matter how busy it is, it translate to nothing much!
    Diana xo

  4. I wonder if she skipped her diary for a few days and then went back just to write something for each date.

  5. Your grandma’s diary was kind of like our blogging maybe. There are unexplained dry spells when we just can’t get to “the particulars.”

  6. We could all use that explanation for some days :)

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