Went for a Walk with a Friend

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

Sunday, May 10, 1914: Went to Sunday School this morning. Went home with Margaret to spend the afternoon. My, but we did do some tall walking and had a good time. My limbs have a rather sorry feeling by this time from so much exertion.

Margaret Bryson (Photo source: Jane Shuman)

Margaret Bryson (Photo source: Jane Shuman)

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

A vigorous walk with a friend sounds like a wonderful way to spend a beautiful spring afternoon. What did they talk about? . . . cute guys? . . . gossip about friends?. . . spring housecleaning? . . . .

Some mysteries periodically recur in the diary. Grandma had two friends named Margaret—Margaret Bryson and Margaret G. (I don’t know her last name)—and it’s unclear which one this entry refers to. For more information, see these previous posts:

Which Friend Does this Diary Entry Refer to?

Which Margaret Does the Diary Entry Refer to?

Blanche and Margaret Bryson

9 Responses

  1. Goodness. I wonder where they walked. I thought Helena would be fit from all the walking and work she did on a regular basis.

  2. What does ‘tall walking’ mean?

  3. I’ve never heard the expression “tall walking”; I’m guessing it means that they walked for a long time…?

  4. I love the idea of these two girls, rambling around the fields, yakking all the way!

  5. Yes I wonder what they chatted about!

  6. Seems like the “tall walking” was really more of a hike than an amble. :)

  7. It must have been nice weather :)

  8. Does tall walking refer to distance or exertion? Hill climbing maybe? Curious.

  9. Love it! Her limbs had a sorry feeling …

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