19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, May 13, 1914: Tried to turn milliner and fix up a hat. Mad over the shape, also dyed it with shoe-blackening. Later in day I missed the wonderful creation on which I had spent so much energy. It ended in Ma fessing that she had burned it. All that time wasted too. Oh my.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Note to my Great-Grandmother—
I know that I should be respectful since you are my great grandmother. but how dare you destroy your daughter’ s self-esteem by burning her creative efforts?
Maybe the hat was ugly, but couldn’t you have waited a couple days to destroy it?