Didn’t Need Umbrella

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

Sunday, October 26, 1913: Went to Sunday School this morning. Took my umbrella it didn’t rain. Other Sundays when it rains my umbrella is likely to be at home. No one came this afternoon and I didn’t go any place, but managed to put the time in somehow.


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

The same thing always happens to me. When I take an umbrella, and am prepared, it doesn’t rain—and when I don’t, it inevitably does.

There seems to be strong correlation between taking an umbrella and no rain (and vice versa), but I suppose that I just remember the times I’m over-prepared  (or under-prepared).

17 thoughts on “Didn’t Need Umbrella

  1. Happens that I’m getting sadder and sadder to read Miss Muffly’s posts since she graduated and keep wondering what it would be like to be such a highly educated, and talented, young woman and to be kind of stuck with seemingly no-where to use those wonderful talents/ abilities and knowledge.

    1. Sometimes I think that we need to try to avoid overlaying 2014 ideas about the role of women on a 1914 diary–but, that said, it’s hard not to look at it through a more modern lens.

    1. hmm– I don’t think that I could make a prediction. Interesting thought about two contradictory activities that suggest very different weather expectations.

  2. And here in Calgary you can experience all seasons in one day. When I first moved here I wrote my parents saying, the trick is to wear shorts and a t-shirt and pack your backpack with pants, a jacket, gloves and an umbrella!

  3. I went to the stage performance of Mary Poppin’s and bought her umbrella with a parrot on it as a keepsake. I’m always scared I’ll leave it somewhere and lose it, so I’m never prepared for rain..LOL.

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