18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, October 25, 1913: Ma and Jim went to Milton this morning. They both got new beds. Ruth also has her fine apparel. I am beginning to wonder when poor insignificant me can sport something new.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
It must have been a good year for the Muffly’s. It sounds like they felt like they were “in the money,” if both Grandma’s mother and little brother Jim got new beds, AND her older sister Ruth has nice clothes.
The family just finished harvesting the corn. It must have been a good year. The success or failure of crops means the difference between a good year and a devastating year for farmers.
Poor Grandma–Why didn’t she use any of the money she earned from husking corn to also buy something new?
An aside—I think this is the first time Grandma called her little brother Jim. In the past she’s always referred to him as Jimmie. He was eight-years-old, and must not longer seem really little.