18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, April 9, 1913: Got my report card today. Had quite a fall in deportment. I must be really very bad. Began to address my invitations this evening.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma seemed to have a bad case of senioritis—so I guess it isn’t a surprise that her grade for deportment fell. For example, on March 26 she wrote:
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 . . .
Does anyone use the term deportment any more? It almost seems like an archaic word.