19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, August 23, 1914: Had to get up pretty early this morning. I usually get up late on Sunday morning. Went to Sunday School this afternoon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
The trip to Niagara Falls is over, and it’s back to reality. I’m a little confused by this entry.
I have the impression that Grandma and her sister Ruth generally milked several cows each morning. Cows need to be milked at approximately the same time each day—so why did Grandma need to get up earlier than usual this morning?
Here’s my guess, but others may have other more plausible scenarios—
Maybe Grandma and Ruth’s parents gave them “Sunday mornings off” and milked the cows for the sisters so they could sleep in. However, their parents probably did all of their chores (including milking the cows twice a day) while the girls were on the trip. So maybe it was now payback time, and Grandma and Ruth lost their usual Sunday morning off.
What do you think? Does this seem like it is a possible scenario?