18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, August 1, 1913:
The month of August with skies serene
Smiles upon this world again.
Let us welcome her with open arms,
For sweet summer cannot always reign.
A big thunderstorm came up this afternoon. Just before it got here, I had gone off to one of the neighbors and Ma not knowing where I was had quite a hunt for me.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma! You should have told your mother where you were going. Didn’t you know that she’d worry even though you are a grown 18-year-old woman?
Your words make me think of Aunt Em hunting Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz.
I know that you won’t have seen the movie –it wasn’t made until 1939—but did you read the book? According to Wikipedia, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum was published in 1900.
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