A White Christmas After All

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

Friday, December 26, 1913:  My music teacher didn’t come this morning, perhaps on account of the snow. There was a white Christmas after all. It came in the evening.

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

Snow! What a beautiful way for the 26th to dawn. The beauty of fresh snow after a brown Christmas (at least during the daylight hours) must have been wonderful antidote to any post-holiday blues.

Music Teacher

The music teacher came to Grandma’s house to give her piano lessons?  When Grandma had previously mentioned the lessons, I’d always assumed that she’d gone to the teacher’s home.

Sometimes I don’t even realize what I don’t know something until I read a diary entry that makes me realize that I’d previously misinterpreted it.

It’s amazing how a word here and there over multiple diary entries across the course of time fills in the pieces of the puzzle.

9 Responses

  1. We always went to our music teachers, so I had the same image in my mind. My Mom also taught lessons for years and we always had students at our house.

  2. And interesting that she came on Boxing Day.

  3. Still waiting for our first snow this winter, Sheryl. On recollection, as a tiny girl, snow usually did arrive for tea time on the 26th December… Very many thanks for all the wonderful posts which have inspired me in 2013,

  4. The mis-interpretation of diary information – it’s the stuff of creative writing. What a wonderful task you have, unpicking the minute details of your grandmother’s life!

  5. That’s a gorgeous picture of the barns in the snow! It does seem unusual that the music teacher made “house calls”!

  6. My music teacher always came to my house for the private lessons. :)

  7. I’ve been going through the word mis-interpretation thing with my Mom’s diary, as well. Natural that it happens, I suppose. Good Reminder. Thanks! ;-)

  8. Doctors made house calls too… and how nice that Helena could get her piano lessons at home.

  9. I had to go to my music lessons and sometimes got side tracked along the way at a pinball joint…I was a bad student :D That’s good service to come to your house and on a holiday. I’m might actually have stuck with organ lessons had my parents thought about that :D But it worked out ok, it wasn’t my idea to have organ lessons ;)

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