18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, July 16, 1913: Nothing doing.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Two days prior to this entry Grandma wrote that she was sick at heart over something. Other readers and I speculated about what she may have been sick at heart over–and we thought that maybe she liked a guy and he didn’t return her interest.
Grandma’s two older sisters both got teaching jobs in nearby one-room school houses after they graduated from high school.
Grandma graduated the previous spring, She has never mentioned in the diary that she hoped to become a teacher—yet it seems logical that she may have wanted to become a teacher. Could Grandma have been sick at heart because she heard that she didn’t get a teaching position that she really wanted?