Had Good Time, But Longed to Go Sleighing

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

Saturday, January 3, 1914:  Made a call this afternoon, so that the time wouldn’t be so tedious. I’m wishing and longing for a sleigh ride, now that there is sleighing.

Ruth and I went up to Wesner’s this evening. There were some other girls there too. Renewed my acquaintance with a former school mate whom I hadn’t seen for over three years I guess, until I saw her on Christmas eve. Had a good time.

Picture is from vintage Christmas card

(Picture is from vintage Christmas card)

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

Yeah! It sounds like a fun evening (though I’d long to go sleighing, too—especially if I had to walk to and from town in the cold and dark).

Helen “Tweet” Wesner was about the same age as Grandma and her sister Ruth. She lived on a farm at the edge of McEwensville—and often was part of enjoyable activities and events.

I'm not positive, but I think that Tweet Wesner lived in this house when this diary entry was written.

I’m not positive, but I think that Tweet Wesner lived in this house when the diary entry was written.

13 Responses

  1. Living in South Australia the possibility even taking a “sleigh ride”, as was possible for my dear Miss Muffly, fills me with wonder. Despite growing up singing “Jingle Bells” it never seemed at all real to the little child I was… just some kind of a magic “thingo” :lol: Lovely post Sheryl. Many thanks to you and Miss Muffly.

  2. I agree Catherine – I’m from Queensland and going for a sleigh ride sounds like somethingout of a fafairytale! Sheryl, I love these diary entries… so nice to relate to someone (as I certainly do re: finding things to do to reduce tedium!) so far removed from me in time and location :)

  3. I wonder if Helena and her community had any idea that the world had just had its last peacetime Christmas and New Year till 1918.

  4. Aw…..hubby and I have been sleigh riding three times: Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Vermont, and it’s so wonderful! That was a dream of mine for so many years, and hubby has made it come true.
    I’m glad that Grandma had a good time on her outing; maybe she’ll get to go sleigh riding soon!

  5. Gallivanta’s comment has me curious–I wonder if Helena will comment on the world situation as the year goes by. It seems like it was easier to just pay attention to ones own piece of the world in this era, unless she has friends who go to the war . . .

  6. I’m experiencing the type of weather today that made Grandma want to go sleighing. Since Ewansville is only about 90 miles away, I guess they are probably see this winter wonderland too.

  7. Sheryl I have been thinking about your end of year wonderings about what to do when the diary ends this year. What about asking your readers? You could either just ask for comments or use the WordPress poll tool.

  8. I love that she made a phone call! I want to go sleighing too!

  9. A sleigh ride sounds perfect for this time of year :)

  10. Interesting that your Grandma often refers to whether she is bored or times are tedious or not…perhaps having finished school, not working (other than on the farm) and not involved yet with a beau she considers herself in a limbo. Times were so different back them.

  11. Sleigh ride? That sounds like so much fun! It must be worth putting up with the cold outside, since people often talk about how much they enjoy it. And then, of course, comes the hot chocolate, everyone gathering around the fireplace. Sign me up! :)

  12. I went on sleigh rides a few times as a child when we visited my father’s aunt in a place to where there was no real road! I remember these times quite vividly…an inspiration for a poem, maybe.

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