17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Tuesday, June 11, 1912: Such a time as I had with the cows this morning. I got them in the wrong field and then had to take them out.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
To give the grass time to grow, farmers generally rotated cows between several pastures.
The cows would have been brought into the barn for milking— and then they’d have been herded back to the pasture.
I assume that Grandma’s father decided that it was time to move the cows to another pasture, but that she somehow failed to herd them into the correct field. Maybe he hadn’t clearly communicated the change to her . . . or maybe she hadn’t been paying attention . . . or maybe she’d been thinking of other things and had just plain forgotten.