April Fool’s Day

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

Monday, April 1, 1912:


Bidding adieu to Winter

Welcoming the approaching Spring

So comes the months of spring time.

How merrily the birds doth sing.

I was fooled once and only once today. While in a hurry this evening I landed on the ground. I don’t think I hurt myself any, but I did bump my knees.

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

I knew my elderly Grandmother. Her diary provides a window into what she was like as a teen. It’s fun to see how remnants of the fun, quirky teen in this diary were part of Grandma’s personality throughout her life.

Last year several relatives wrote guest posts about their memories of Grandma.  My cousin Anne Marie wrote about an April’s Fools day when Grandma was in her late 60’s or early 70’s.

One April Fools Day Grandma took an old newspaper from her basement and carefully glued all of the pages together and quietly placed it in our newspaper box. I can still hear Mom laughing when she tried to read the paper that day and it didn’t take her long to figure out who the prankster was.

Photo of the house Grandma lived in during her later years. It was next door to my cousin's house.

(See more guest posts with relative’s memories of Grandma by clicking on the Family Memories category.)

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