Lost Report Card

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

Tuesday, January 7, 1913:  This weather is simply dreadful. I’ve been hunting my report card this evening. Don’t know where in the world I put it.

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Did she look in her bureau drawers for it?

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

How—or maybe the question is “Why”— did Grandma misplace her report card? Could she have misplaced it because she was unhappy with the grades—and was trying to delay showing it to her parents for as long as possible?

Grandma’s New Year’s resolution was to study harder in 1913—and her diary entries on January 2 and 3 indicated that she was studying very hard—but nothing has been mentioned about studying since then so maybe the resolution fell  by the wayside. . . or it was too late in the grading period to bring the grades up.

10 Responses

  1. mmmm, that’s probably the usual lifespan of a resolution ;)

  2. Would love to see the actual report card, with subjects and grades. I wonder if her teachers wrote in brief comments as well. I still have mine, already ancient artifacts! But some of those comments are seared into my brain.

    • I also remember many details about my report cards. It’s amazing (in a kind of sad way) how our report cards get seared into our brains.

  3. I can relate to that! My kid has to work really hard these days, but she is doing so much better. They post grades online these days, so your grandma was lucky girl if she could stall! Cute!

    • Technology sure has changed the way schools communicate with parents. It hasn’t been very many years since my children were in school–and they still got paper report cards.

  4. I have faith in your grandmother…she probably just misplaced her report card. :) Maybe the mystery will be solved in a future entry? I wonder…

  5. [...] did Grandma find her report card?  The previous day she could not find the card, and was very worried about [...]

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