Exams, Recitations, and Spring Approaching

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

Wednesday, March 6, 1912:  Examinations are slowly approaching the horizon, and they will soon be in sight. We have one next Friday just before the awful recitations.

Recent view of field across the road from the house that Grandma lived in.

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

Grandma had a lot on her plate when she wrote this entry. Her February grades were lower than she’d hoped so she wanted to do better on the upcoming exams—and she was struggling to memorize an “abominable piece of poetry.”

At least spring was approaching– and, maybe the essence of spring in the air compensated a little for all of the school drudgery.

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