18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Friday, December 12, 1913: Not as a pupil, but as a visitor, I entered again the dear old M.H.S. this afternoon. The school room looked the same as in those by gone days when I myself was a pupil and a blockhead (sorry to say, but I am the latter yet.)
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma graduated from McEwensville High School the previous spring. She probably went back to the school to see a Christmas show put on by the students. In previous years Grandma participated in the shows. For example, on December 15, 1911 she wrote:
Our entertainment is over at last. That dialogue went off alright. I didn’t forget any of my part although I was rather doubtful about it. . .
The McEwensville Schools had a high school on the second floor and a primary school on the first floor. The show may have included students from both schools. If so, Grandma’s little brother Jimmie probably was in the show.
You ARE NOT a blockhead! Don’t put yourself down.
PLEASE—THINK POSITIVELY ABOUT YOURSELF. You are darn smart—I can tell that even a hundred years later from reading your diary.