Sewing and Chatting. . . and Hopefully Feeling Better

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

Tuesday, June 9, 1914:  Besse came out today to spend part of the week and get her sewing done.

Left to right: Helena (seated), Besse, Jimmie, Ruth (circa 1912)
Left to right: Helena (seated), Besse, Jimmie, Ruth (circa 1912)

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

The few words in a diary entry sometimes don’t even  begin to convey the full story. This time I (and many of you) can fill in a few of the gaps. . .

Grandma’s married sister Besse recently lost a baby. The three-day-old infant died on May 23. This was her second newborn to die. She also lost a baby in 1912.

There’s no place like home. It can be a wonderful place to spend a few days sewing and regrouping.


18 thoughts on “Sewing and Chatting. . . and Hopefully Feeling Better

  1. That’s a great photo of the 4 of them! I think, like you, that it’s a fine thing that Besse could come home and engage in some routine work, in the company of people who cared for her.

  2. Truly, time with women, whether they be friends or family, is incredibly restoring. Sewing, cooking, whatever … offers the opportunity for comfort.
    Did Besse have any children surive?

  3. I have a picture almost just like that of my grandmother and her three sisters. I think they were dressed in white or colors also.

  4. Poor Besse. I feel so sad for her. Hopefully the day spent at home helped lift her spirits and gave her some comfort.

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