16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, March 31, 1911: I got kicked today, and it was such a violent one that it caused me to land on my back. It was by a modest cow, who happened to kick me and the bucket at the same time. I guess I was as much surprised as she was.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Whew, that sounds like it hurt. I continue to be amazed at how seldom Grandma mentioned her routine farm chores in the diary. Even though she probably milked cows twice a day—it only merited recording when an unexpected or painful event occurred.