Stayed Out Late for Play Practice

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

Tuesday, March 25, 1913:  Didn’t get home from practice till about half past eleven. So you see I didn’t get my lessons out either.

Grandma was about 2/3s of the way home from McEwensville when she passed this house.

Grandma was about 2/3s of the way home from McEwensville when she passed this house.

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

Whew—11:30 was late to be out on a school night.

Grandma played the role of Chloe, the servant, in the upcoming class play. The play was less than two weeks away. I suppose that the cast still had a lot to do to prepare for the performance on April 5.

I think that Grandma often walked the mile and a half home after play practice. But, since it went so late, hopefully someone gave her a ride home in a buggy.

8 Responses

  1. Oh, goodness. It’s hard to imagine girls walking home that late at night….unheard of in today’s world.
    And yes, that was late to be out on a school night!

  2. That was a long day! And some serious practicing apparently …

  3. I imagine she was not even nervous about walking home so late at night.

  4. She wouldn’t have had all the street lights we’re accustomed to, either.

  5. […] the heck did Grandma do? The previous day she wrote that she got home from play practice at 11:30 and didn’t have time to do her […]

  6. Can you imagine walking anywhere, lit or un-lit at that hour now. I wouldn’t. Three weeks ago I had to call 911 when I heard blood-curdling screams from a park we back on to. I ran to the patio and called out in the dark because I could hear crying. No one answered. The cops came and didn’t find anything, but I’m certain someone was assaulted….I didn’t sleep a wink worrying about that girl.

  7. Lots of late nights for her!

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