18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Monday, June 9, 1913: Our dear Ruthie left this morning for Washington DC. Wonder what I will do without. She won’t be home for a week at least. I surely will be lonely while she’s gone.
Am fixing my last summer’s white dress. It got too tight around the waist. Isn’t that a calamity?
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Even today, trips to Washington, DC are often considered really special trips. I wonder why Grandma’s sister Ruth went to DC. Was it a holiday trip with friends?
. . . Or maybe the trip was work related. Ruth was a teacher at a one-room school house—maybe teachers were able to take trips to DC for professional development reasons.
In any case, Grandma sounds bummed. Is she most concerned about the extra work she’d have to do (there were definitely more cows to milk twice a day without Ruth, and probably lots of other additional chores). . . or about being lonely without a sister to talk with?
And, any day is a bad day when you realize you’ve gained a few pounds.