Injured While Playing Croquet

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

Monday, July 15, 1912:  We went up to Oakes’ this evening. I played crouquet with the other players, but such playing as I did was rather shocking. If I didn’t get a game I did get a sore eye, which resulted from tossing a mallet in the air and trying to catch it with my hands. Needless to say it first came in contact with my eye and second with my hand.

Croquet by Homer Winslow
Croquet by Homer Winslow

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

Ouch! Sounds like Grandma was showing off or fooling around. Was she bored while she waited for her turn?

I bet the embarrassment when the mallet hit her eye was worse than the pain. I can almost imagine what her sister Ruth might have said.  :)

12 thoughts on “Injured While Playing Croquet

  1. This may have been a painful blog, but I loved reading it! It makes here sound very human and real. Just heard that our son is going to have a croquet tournament before his wedding. I will try to keep the mallet under control. :)

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