Tried to Make Sister Miserable

18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, May 21, 1913:  Didn’t feel very well with morning, so I tried to take it out in making Ruthie miserable. Although I don’t I succeeded.

Ruth Muffly
Ruth Muffly

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

What did Grandma do to her sister Ruth? It must have been pretty bad if she admitted that she wasn’t nice in the diary.

Usually when Grandma and her sister Ruth weren’t getting along, Grandma would use her author’s prerogative and blame the problem on Ruth—though Grandma generally called Ruth, Rufus when she was angry.

For example, on October 28, 2012 Grandma wrote:

 Got mad at the Rufus tonight. I think she can be so mean sometimes.

And, on June 5, 2012 she wrote:

Trotted up to McEwensville this morning on an errand for Rufus, the dear little mortal.

24 thoughts on “Tried to Make Sister Miserable

  1. Hmmm… my sisters were teens when I was born, so I really can’t relate to sibling tension, but sounds as though there was a little of that at Grandma’s house!

  2. Now that’s different, I think she called her Ruthie today as she had regrets about the way she had treated her sister perhaps, as opposed to days when she had genuine reason to be mad at her.

  3. Oh the joy of sibling wars helped my brother and me to grow up. Now we are best friends, but I still call him “PeeWee” (even when I’m not mad). Lovely post.

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