17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, May 10, 1912:I seemed to have had a sorrowful time today. I guess it was because I was getting lonesome and wanted to go someplace. Ruth went up to Turbotville to attend the commencement.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Turbotville is another small town about 4 miles northeast of McEwensville. I wonder why Grandma didn’t go with her sister Ruth to the commencement. Maybe someone gave a ticket to Ruth—but not to her. It’s not fun to feel excluded.
This was the 4th day of summer vacation; and, boredom and loneliness seem to be really setting in. I wonder if Grandma got into any disagreements with her mother, father, Ruth, or little brother Jimmie—or if she was just quietly moping and feeling down.
Over the Christmas holidays, she and six-year-old Jimmie managed to get into several fights. For example, on December 26, 1911 she wrote:
Am beginning to get rather tired of this seemingly long vacation. When you don’t have anything interesting to do and you don’t go many places it is not very hard to get lonesome. Jimmie and I are turning into regular fight cats, so Ma thinks. . .