When Children Divide the Nickels
Back in 1899 a thirteen-year-old Ontario girl named Christina kept a diary for that year of her life. One of her entries tells of a day her father had taken her and her sister Annie, two years older, to town when he had some shopping to do.
He gave the girls some money and let them choose some candy from the General Store; to Annie he gave 10¢ and to Christina 5¢ – probably a generous sum in those days.
However, Christina protested that Annie had gotten more, to which he said, “That’s because Annie’s older.”
That night Christina grumbled in her diary: “It wasn’t very fair. After all, it’s not my fault that Annie’s older — and I can eat just as much candy as she can!”