Was Grandma Incorrigible?

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

Tuesday, October 24, 1911: Had a fly around this morning with Ma. I as usual was the cause of it. She says I’m incorrigible, but I don’t quite agree with her. Do you?

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

I wonder what Grandma did that led her mother to say that she was incorrigible. It’s interesting that Grandma included a rhetorical question in this post. It almost seems like she had a premonition that someone else might someday be reading the diary.

I’ll answer the question a hundred years later. I do not think that Grandma was incorrigible. She married and lived a long, productive life until she died in 1980 at the age of 85.

Grandma raised four wonderful children, and had many awesome grandchildren and great-grandchildren. (Well, maybe I shouldn’t say that since I’m one of the grandchildren, but my relatives are obviously really cool.)

Helen(a) (Muffly) and Raymond Swartz and their descedants at the Swartz Reunion, White Deer Park, circa 1964

Grandma’s mother was obviously wrong– she was not incorrigible!

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