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.
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.