Thank God It’s Friday!

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

Friday, March 28, 1913:  Am glad this is the last school day for this week. I guess, I’ll be glad when school stops. Am counting the days.

Recent photo of McEwensville

Recent photo of McEwensville

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

Sounds like Grandma had “senioritis.” She was counting the days until graduation, and two days prior to this diary entry her teacher lectured her on her behavior:

Teacher gave the school a lecture, but it was really meant for me. I don’t think what I did was so bad, but I guess I won’t do it again. I might catch it right there.

Grandma—I have you have a relaxing week-end.

10 Responses

  1. I think it’s so cool that your Grandma, as a girl back then, when all the way to her senior year. Where my dad went to school, a very very small country school, most kids went to grade 10 and left to go to the big city to find work. You really couldn’t do that now.

    • I’ve often thought the same thing. In my grandparents’ generation, someone could get a good job with an 8th grade education; in my parents’ generation, a young person needed a least a high school diploma to get a good job; in my generation a bachelor’s degree was often needed; and sometimes I think that many young adults today feel like they need to get a masters degree. I’m not sure why the educational qualifications keep racheting up.

      • It’s crazy the debt that students accrue now before they’ve earned a dime. I’m only thinking that there are a lot of highly educated individuals all hoping to have the same jobs. Very competitive.

  2. I remember senioritis. However, it was a much more serious case when I was working on my Masters than in High School. I wanted to be done so bad.

  3. Aw….guess folks have been happy for Fridays for a LONG time!

  4. Ah, senioritis – I remember it well! And TGIF must have been around for ages!

  5. I remember how long the senior year seemed to drag on! Didn’t think it would ever end.

  6. Haha, I know the feeling, “Grandma”. I suppose I got senioritis a bit prematurely as I couldn’t make it through junior year in normal school! XD

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