18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, July 18, 1913: We had company this evening.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Sometimes it’s nice not to have too much detail—because it allows me to create my own mind pictures.
If I squint my eyes I can almost see Grandma, her sister Ruth, and their parents sitting on the porch entertaining guests on a hot summer evening—and maybe serving cookies and iced tea—while her little brother Jimmie chases fireflies as dusk falls over the farm.