Confusing Diary Entries

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

Sunday, October 19, 1913: Went to Sunday School this afternoon. Then it commenced to rain, but got home alright after all.


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

Hmm—I don’t quite get this diary entry.

What was Grandma trying to say?. . . that it quit raining before Sunday School ended? . . . that someone gave her a ride home in a buggy? . . . that she walked home in the rain, but didn’t catch a cold? . . . that someone loaned her an umbrella?

Perhaps, I shouldn’t worry about not quite understanding diary entries like this one.  It doesn’t sound like Grandma was recording anything very interesting or important.  .  . but somehow I find it annoying when I can’t figure out what she was trying to say.

15 thoughts on “Confusing Diary Entries

  1. Know what you’re saying Sheryl but seems Miss Muffly was saying that she went to Sunday School and, before she left for home, it commenced (started) to rain but she got home alright/ OK/ without a prob. I agree that she’s not saying how it was that she got home “alright” but at least she’s recording something today… 😆

  2. I think I’ve made this comment before, but I’m guessing that if Grandma had ANY idea that you’d have her diary and be sharing it with all of us, she would perhaps have been a bit more explicit!

  3. Thanks for the snippet of handwriting! It’s that “after all” that is mysterious. Of course, it means, “despite the rain (or the worries walking home in the rain could bring)” but just what was the “all?”

  4. I keep a journal and sometimes, when I reread old entries, I have no idea what they mean! Diary writing is so personal that it’s almost telegraphic–we certainly never expect someone else to try and make sense of it!

  5. Seems that going to Sunday school and then facing the rain to get home seemed remarkable to her on this day. Remarkable enough to record in her diary. What is mundane to us now may have been a cause for her excitement 100 years ago.

      1. True, I was just making up a story–but, that’s my specialty–imagining stories 🙂 And I think your specialty is supplying the seed for imagination to grow stories. I love reading your blog!

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