19th Birthday and Almost an Old Maid

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

Saturday, March 21, 1914:  It doesn’t seem to me that this day is long in coming. Time was, when I wanted it to come, now I don’t. Am afraid it may come some day and find me an old maid.

Source: Wikimedia Commons
Source: Wikimedia Commons

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

Happy Birthday, Grandma!

Don’t stress. Nineteen is not old, and I can see in my crystal ball that you aren’t going to be an old maid—though you are going to need to wait another 7 years to get married.

16 thoughts on “19th Birthday and Almost an Old Maid

  1. Things have slightly changed since your Grandma’s 19th birthday. 🙂 A nineteen year-old today is not considered an “old-maid” and actually just approaching adulthood and really still in her teens.

  2. How hard it must have been, given the attitudes of the day…How old was Grandma’s sister when she married? Can’t imagine the pressure.
    I hope tomorrow’s entry shows a much happier girl!

  3. Sheryl thanks for that crystal ball look. My own Grandmother was married in her late twenties and I believe this was very old for a bride in the day.

  4. Happy Birthday Helena! Yes 19 means you’ll be 20 next year and no longer a teen. I remember that feeling old to me. 29 was my hardest ever birthday. I cried and cried and cried!
    Diana xo

  5. Times definitely have changed. I would cringe at someone 19 getting married today. 26 may have been old back then, it certainly is just right today. She was a woman ahead of her time. I wonder at her feelings about being an old maid with all the posts referencing a mystery boy.

  6. I first got married at 27 and I was the last of all my friends. In fact, a couple of my friends had married and divorced already. So I know how your grandma felt.

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