18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, January 8, 1914: Went up to McEwensville this afternoon on an errand of my mother’s, although I couldn’t see that much importance was attached to it.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
This is the second day that Grandma mentioned the errand. The previous day she wrote:
Went on an errand this afternoon, but didn’t accomplish anything as the people weren’t at home. . .
We now know that:
- The errand is now accomplished.
- It was for her mother.
- Her mother apparently thought that it was important, but Grandma didn’t think that it needed to be done.
What we still don’t know:
- What was the errand?
- Who were “the people” that Grandma needed to visit to accomplish the errand?
Yesterday Barbara commented on the post. She said when Grandma wrote that “the people” weren’t home it made her think they weren’t in Grandma’s regular circle of friends and family or Grandma probably would have named them.
After reading today’s diary entry, I think that I agree with Barbara. The errand probably was a bit stressful—and worthy of mention in the diary—because Grandma didn’t feel very comfortable having to talk with people she didn’t know well.