17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, April 8, 1912: I have to gather the eggs now, and I don’t like it any too well. We had our exams today. I wonder about what some of my marks could be.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Why was gathering the eggs a new task for Grandma? Who did it before—her mother? . . . . her father? . . . her sister Ruth?
Maybe the hens had just finished molting. Chickens periodically molt—and they lay few eggs while molting.
. . . or maybe the family had just bought some new chickens.