Wednesday Chores

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

Wednesday, July 15, 1914:  Wednesday—Perhaps a little different from other days.

Source: Wikimedia Commons

Source: Wikimedia Commons

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

Grandma. . .HOW is Wednesday different from other days? Did your family have specific chores for each day of the week?

Washing clothes on Monday. .

Did you do the mending on Wednesdays? Different lists have different chores for Wednesday, but the most frequently mentioned one seems to be mending. I’ve also seen lists where the ironing is listed as the Wednesday chore.

9 Responses

  1. I hope Grandma elaborates on the difference of days sometime. I think you may be on to something there with wondering about a list of chores for the days of the week. It would seem back then that life was more regimented and scheduled. That’s probably how they were able to do so much work and still have time for socializing and necessary home crafts or hobbies. I marvel at their needlework and sewing and wonder how they managed time to do it at all.

  2. Has anyone else EVER written such cryptic diary entries?!

  3. The eyes have it. :-)

  4. Helena is a mystery even today. I like to think she was expecting an exciting visitor on a Weds a hundred years ago.

  5. I would rather iron than do the mending :)

  6. I think it’s about a boy! :D
    Diana xo

  7. All of us are dreaming for Grandma….!

  8. What a frustrating entry!

  9. From my husband’s family we inherited a quilt with some of the squares embroidered with words about each day’s chore. For some reason I memorized it, even though it didn’t work for my current lifestyle.

    Monday – laundry, Tuesday – ironing (I can’t imagine spending a whole day ironing!), Wednesday – sewing, Thursday – baking, Friday – cleaning, Saturday – to market, Sunday – to church.

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