Allowed to Go to Sunday School

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

Sunday, March 22, 1914:  Went to Sunday School this morning without being told to stay at home.

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Road Grandma would have walked down as she approached McEwensville. At the stop sign she would have turned right to get to the Baptist Church.

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

Hmm. . . why was Grandma surprised that she was allowed to go to Sunday School?

I think there’s a guy Grandma likes who goes to her church—but I don’ think that her parents are restricting her activities though maybe she thought that she might be grounded for staying out until 2:30 a.m. on the Friday night before she wrote this entry.

Grandma’s missed very few weeks since she began keeping the diary. She didn’t go to Sunday School the previous week—but I’d assumed that her father won’t let her go because she’d had a tonsillectomy five days prior to that entry:

Was so put out this morning. Pa aid I wasn’t to go to Sunday School. I was anticipating some of the kind. I stayed at home and took a physic. Boo hoo. . .

March 15, 1914

8 Responses

  1. Party animal!

  2. Do I detect a bit of teenage sarcasm in that comment: “without being told to stay at home”????

  3. I really like the idea that you can walk the streets Helena walked and see some of what she saw. So many people live so far away from their roots these days . . .

  4. Ahh, it’s good to get out of the house Helena – run, skip, jump, play Helena!

  5. Grandma is a wild thing. hahaha ;)

  6. Bet she pulled her belt extra tight to show off those lost pounds.

  7. In reading my grandfather’s letters from around this same time, I noticed that he uses “Sabbath” instead of “Sunday”. I came to check and see what your grandmother called it and see she used “Sunday”. He was Presbyterian and lived in Indianapolis.

    • Grandma generally didn’t use a term for the day, but would instead say that she went to Sunday school. I’ve often thought that it seemed odd that she didn’t instead write that she was “going to church” or perhaps that she was “going to church and Sunday school.”

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