19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, July 1, 1914:
July has come to us once more.
Bright with days of the summer time.
Laden with joys that we all may find.
Filled to the brim and running o’er.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The poem and the rest of the diary entry seem so diametrically opposed. Even though the month began slowly, maybe Grandma was hopeful that the reminder of the month would be busy, fun-filled, and generally awesome.
- “sad way to begin a month” vs. “bright with days”
- “forgotten” vs. “laden with joys”
- “didn’t do much” vs. “filled to the brim and running o’er”
For more information about the poems that Grandma included on the first day of each month, see this previous post: