19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, September 24, 1914: <<no entry>>
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Every time Grandma didn’t write anything in the diary for several days I face a conundrum. Should I tell readers at the start of the missing days how many days are missing? . . . or should I just proceed one day at a time and let people discover over time whether the gap is very short or relatively long.
I’ve handled this situation both ways over the course of the diary—and neither feels quite right.
The current gap in diary entries began on September 19. Several readers have commented about how long it is. For example, KerryCan commented:
Helena is making you work very hard these days, since she isn’t writing herself! We’re lucky that you keep coming up with such interesting angles!
(True, I have to work harder—though I try to see it as an opportunity to write about topics that aren’t addressed by the diary entries.)
Other readers commented that they hoped that Grandma was having fun. For example, Dianna at These Days of Mine wrote:
Hopefully Grandma was busy having fun all these days when there have been no entries, and she’ll share big news in days to come!
(I’m also keeping my fingers crossed that she was having fun. She had such a special summer, and hopefully it is continuing into the fall.)
Oh, I guess I should tell you long the gap is. Grandma didn’t write anything in the diary for 9 days. This is the sixth of those days—so you can expect me to go off on various tangents for the next three days. 🙂