17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, June 18, 1912:Ma went to Milton today. She bought me an umbrella. Went to Watsontown this afternoon, and some of my money went to.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma must have decided that she needed an umbrella after the rain the previous Sunday prevented her from attending Sunday School.
What did Grandma buy when she went to Watsontown?
Since the diary entry is self-explanatory, I’m going to go off on a tangent.
I’m not sure why, but when I see something in the news I often view it through the frame of the diary.
For example, in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal there was an article which said that the War of 1812 began 200 years ago on June 18. I guess it’s obvious that the War of 1812 occurred 100 years before Grandma’s diary entry–but I’d never thought about it that way before. In other words, the diary was written at the midpoint between the War of 1812 and the present.
I t also made me think about how the Civil War began 151 years ago (51 years before this diary entry)—and that War War I had not yet occurred in 1912 (it started in 1914).