17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, June 10, 1912: This morning I picked berries and helped myself to some. I wonder if anyone saw me. I want Ruth to help me with a jigger to-night, but I guess she doesn’t have the inclination to.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I always think that eating strawberries is half the fun of picking them—but perhaps Grandma was being paid by a neighbor to harvest them. The previous year, on June 12, 1911, she wrote:
Started to pick strawberries this morning. Of course it will mean some early rising and loss of sleep, but just look at what I can earn.
I’m not sure what a jigger refers to in this entry, but one definition is a tool. Webster’s online dictionary mentions says that a jigger is a “small pointed metal instrument, resembling sharpened pencil, used in assembling ribs of expansion metal watch bands.” I don’t know if metal watchbands existed a hundred years ago, but if they did I can picture that Grandma may have had a watchband that needed adjustment.