18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, January 1, 1914:
Ring out the old, ring in the new.
Ring merry bells across the snow
The year is dying, let it go.
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
The days and weeks go marching by,
Another year is here once more.
And thus speeds on the wheel of time.
Giving to this year a mighty four.
Time flies, even here at home, where there is nothing much doing, the days quickly pass. My new year was spent at home in the usual manner.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I agree with Grandma–Time flies!
New Year’s Day is a good time for reflection.
We are now three-quarters of the way through the diary. Grandma kept her diary for exactly four years—she began it in January, 1911 and the last entry was in December, 1914.
I’ve enjoyed getting to know Grandma better via this blog. And, it’s been wonderful re-connecting with relatives and making many wonderful new friends.
When I began posting these entries on January 1, 2011, I doubted that I’d ever get to this point. Now I’m starting to feel a little sad that the end of the diary is only a year away—and I’m beginning to think about what I want to do next:
- Use the information I’ve compiled for this blog to write a book about Grandma?. . .or maybe a cookbook of hundred-year-old recipes updated for today?
- Continue the blog, but without the diary, and instead focus on hundred-year-old magazine pictures, stories, and ads?
- Select a different relative. . .and a different time period, and then tell their story on a blog over the course of a year or two? . . maybe using a handwritten cookbook as a jumping off point?
- . . . or maybe doing something entirely different?
It’s been a wonderful three years. Thank you! I look forward to sharing the final diary entries this year, as well as occasionally brainstorming ideas for my next project.
HAPPY NEW YEAR