No Mail: No Valentine

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

Saturday, February 14, 1914: Looked forward to a valentine this morning, but no mail carrier came as the roads were rendered impassable from the snow storm. The snow lies 18 in. deep on the ground.


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

Oh dear, no mail. . . and since it was a Saturday it will be two days until Grandma gets her valentine. Who was Grandma expecting to get it from?

This diary entry makes me realize that times have changed. . . and not changed . . .  in some unexpected ways over the past century.

In 2014, like 1914, due to the snow emergencies in many locations across the United States, lots of mail carriers probably are unable to deliver the mail . . . however, most young people today probably don’t care that it isn’t getting through since they  already got their valentines via Facebook, email, or texting.



20 thoughts on “No Mail: No Valentine

  1. We have about a foot of new snow this morning and it is still falling. My wife (a nurse) worked the over-night and came home this morning a little late. She is my valentine, so if no mail today it will not matter.

  2. And to think at some point the postal service used to serve mail 2x every day..except Sundays…although, without stopping to research WHEN that era began, I cannot say if it pertained to Grandma’s particular time-frame. Yes, times have changed.

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