16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, September 1, 1911:
Glorious skies of balmy September,
Tells us of approaching fall
With its leaves of varied colors,
And it’s flowers for large and small.
Celebrated the first day of this month by starting to clean house. We cleaned the sitting room today, and it was an all day job. I’m so tired from exerting myself.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yuck—it sounds like a lot of work. Grandma, her sister Ruth, and her mother were probably starting to do the fall housecleaning. A hundred years ago houses got a deep cleaning twice a year—in the spring and in the fall.
Furniture would be moved so that carpets could be rolled up and then taken outside to be beaten, every corner and cranny would have been swept, floors would have been waxed, the wooden furniture would have been polished, the windows washed, etc., etc., etc.
No wonder Grandma was exhausted. Just making this list is making me tired.
(See previous post for more information about the poems on the first day of each month.)