Sibling Teasing

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

Saturday, March 4, 1911:  Things certainly were stale today. Mother was so out of humor this morning and we poor kids received some scathy scoldings. We usually do nearly every Saturday, or I do at least. I have a mania for teasing Jimmie, and when I do I get some growling. If you see any mistakes in this entry, don’t let on you see them.

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

At least Grandma’s mother didn’t chase her with a stir stick like she did the previous Saturday. Jimmie is Grandma’s 6-year-old brother. Siblings always tease each other but, with more than a 9-year age difference, it’s a little surprising that Grandma and her brother apparently routinely annoy each other so much that their mother feels a need to get involved.


It sounds like Grandma believes that someone else is reading her diary. Was it her sister Ruth? . . . her mother?

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