17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, April 30, 1912: Took my dress uptown to get made. Wonder when it will be done. Hope it will be satisfactory. I have a sore fore-finger, but can’t account for the cause.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Hmm. . . I’m not sure what Grandma meant when she said that she took her dress uptown to get it made.
Three days earlier, she’d written that she and her mother went shopping in Milton and purchased a hat, several other items, and a white dress:
. . . I got a white dress . . .
Diary entry, April 27, 1912
Sometime a diary entry raises more questions than it answers.
— Had they really purchased cloth and a pattern, instead of a dress?
— Or did they buy a dress, but it needed alternations?
–Where was uptown? . . . somewhere in McEwensville? . . . in Watsontown? . . . (Uptown sounds like such a classy word to describe any section of the little towns near Grandma’s home.)
–And a lingering question—Do I worry too much about the details? In the bigger picture of Grandma’s story, does it really matter whether she bought a dress or had someone make it for her?