18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, August 7, 1913: Ma threatens me with my music and wants me to practice more.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Whew, an 18-year-old and her mother in a battle of wills over practicing the piano feels like a recipe for disaster.
Ma wanted me to keep digging at my music this morning. I don’t like to practice very well.
Grandma was a young adult—and you’d think that she won’t have begun taking lesson unless she was really motivated to learn to play. And, that she would have been responsible to making her own decisions about whether or not to practice.
However, Grandma’s mother bought the piano for her in the Spring (and undoubtedly spent a lot of money on it), so I suppose that she felt like she also had a stake in ensuring that Grandma practiced.