16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, August 17, 1911: Was so sorry I had to work today, when yesterday I didn’t have to do hardly anything. I guess it is a good thing not to have everything you want sometimes. I’m afraid I’d take all the play and not enough work.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The previous day lots of friends attended a picnic that Grandma held at her home. She’d spent more than a week planning it—and it was a huge success.
I suppose that she needed to clean up after the picnic—and that her parents had lots of chores for her to do now that the big event was over. Based on the diary entry, it appears that her parents have inculcated the value of work into their daughter.