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.

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

Grandma—

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 Responses

  1. For ALL the mothers in your family, Sheryl – Happy Mother’s Day!! <3

  2. “Necessity is the mother of invention.”
    My source says that Jonathan Swift said that in Gulliver’s Travels in 1726.

    Happy Mother’s Day.

  3. 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

    • 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.

  4. Oh that must have been disappointing!

  5. I wonder if “It’s raining cats and dogs” is still around. :)

  6. Poor Grandma….wonder if “he” was going to be at the party??

  7. It poured here Friday, Saturday with a brief lull today and tomorrow, more rain. I feel Granma’s pain.

  8. 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!”

  9. 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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