Trying to Keep New Year’s Resolution

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

Wednesday, January 3, 1912: Want it to snow so bad, bo-ho. Ma spilt almost half a bucket full of milk in the pantry this evening and I had to gather it up. It took longer to do it than it does to write it. Trying to keep my new year’s resolution. Don’t want to break it.

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

Grandma’s new year’s resolution was to make better grades than she had during the fall–though it sounds like she’s already struggling with studying and doing her homework. (I guess some things never change—It’s barely into the new year, and I’ve not totally kept all of my 2012 resolutions.)

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