No Play Practice

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

Wednesday, February 19, 1913:  We went up to practice this evening, and then didn’t have any after all.

Recent photo of the house Grandma lived in when she was writing the diary--and the road she would have walked to get to McEwensville.

Recent photo of the house Grandma lived in when she was writing the diary–and the road she would have walked down to get to McEwensville.

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

I hate it when signals get crossed. I bet Grandma was ticked off.

Grandma (and probably her sister Ruth) would have walked a mile and a half from their farm into McEwensville for a play practice that didn’t take place. Grandma had the role of Chloe, the servant, in the play.

10 Responses

  1. Wow, and you can bet that was a COLD walk this time of year. Was the house on the left the one Grandma lived in?

  2. Urggg, I’d say “way to get some exercise” but I bet they weren’t wearing comfortable runners at all. Apparently my dad never even had a proper pair of winter boots, no such thing. Just rubber boots with news paper stuffed in them.

  3. I would have been a very unhappy camper too! I love the snow there, but I am sure you and your grandma are tired of it. How many generations lived in the same town Sheryl? So cool!

    • I’m not sure exactly how many generations lived near McEwensville. I think that it was about four generations. I don’t live there as an adult, but visit frequently.

  4. This kind of thing tends to happen to me with daylight savings time changes — but then, in those cases it’s my fault for getting the signals crossed. And I don’t have to walk anywhere in the snow, usually.

  5. [...] previous evening Grandma did not go to play practice because it was raining. Probably the practice was canceled on [...]

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