Whew, Kids Find the Strangest Things to Do During Long School Breaks!

16-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, December 27, 1911: Didn’t do so very much today. I guess I read more stories than I did anything else. Ma wasn’t feeling very good this morning so we didn’t get so much done. Oh well, there wasn’t much to do after all. The latest fad of Jimmie’s is a little slender switch, which he calls a spider, a discarded branch of the lower part of the Xmas tree. He makes things lively when he brings it into use.

Jimmie Muffly*

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Sounds like Grandma’s six-year-old brother Jimmie was still bored by the long holiday break.  The diary entry that I posted yesterday said that Grandma and Jimmie were “turning into fight cats.” I love Grandma’s colorful metaphors.

Photo Source: A group school photo that appeared in The History of  the McEwensville Schools by Thomas Kramm

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  1. [...] Grandma mentioned on the 26th that she and Jimmie were turning into “fight cats.”  And, on the 27th she wrote that Jimmie was making things lively with a switch that he made from a lower branch of [...]

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