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 Responses

  1. I love that she threw the mallet up in the air and attempted to catch it–what an unladylike thing to do – she obviously had spirit!

    • My children also comment on how much spirit she had. I think that find it amazing that someone a hundred years ago was a fun, quirky person.

  2. Ow that has to have hurt but agree perhaps it hurt her pride more.

  3. Hi. Playing croquet can get you in all sorts of trouble, but is is so much fun! Jane

  4. 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. :)

  5. She seems to have a good sense of humor and did not let it deter her from having fun..I hope so anyway…;) Patty

  6. I really enjoyed seeing this playful side of your grandmother … but that has to have hurt! Love the Winslow graphic as well.

    • I think that Winslow painted the picture a little before this time period (mid-1800s); but I like it so much I just had to include it.

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