Rain, Rain, Go Away

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

Monday, May 11, 1914:  Rain, rain go away and come again some other day. Was invited to a party for this eve, but it just came down in floods, and alas, I staid at home.


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


Too bad about the rain . . . Did you miss a super fun party. . .or just an average one?

It’s amazing how some phrases like, “Rain, rain, go away” been around at least a hundred years.

While others are popular for a few years and then totally vanish. A phrase with a very short life that comes to mind is “Where the beef?

18 thoughts on “Rain, Rain, Go Away

  1. At that age, it would have taken quite a downpour to prevent me from going to a party…unless I didn’t really want to go and the rain was a handy excuse… :)
    Diana xo

    1. Interesting. . . I hadn’t thought about it quite like that, but your suggestion that she didn’t really want to go makes a lot of sense.

  2. Oft-heard phrases around our house that are probably going the way of the buggy-whip:

    “If wishes were horses, we all would ride.”
    “Good gravy Ann!”
    “Oh forever more!”

  3. Another missed opportunity for a little fun! I suppose, if one had to walk to get to and from a party, a lot of rain would be a deterrent . . .

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