17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Wednesday, November 14, 1912: We are having such an awful time at school a getting the kids to practice their dialogue. I didn’t think it would be so hard.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
I’m always excited when a diary entry has lots of information; but then sometimes , like today, I end up being frustrated because I can’t put the pieces together.
Hmm—Obviously Grandma is having difficulty getting some group of students or children to memorize their parts for some sort of presentation.
Many recent diary entries have discussed the new Literary Society that was started at Grandma’s school in late October. She was very excited to be a committee member—and several recent entries have discussed how busy she’d been reading books and preparing for the Literary Society meeting. I’m not really sure what the Literary Society did—and, in past entries, I’ve leaned towards it being a book club. But, maybe the members really were supposed orally present parts of famous works .
. . . or maybe I’m headed in totally the wrong direction. . .
Maybe Grandma was helping downstairs in the primary school (the high school was on the second floor of the school building and the primary school was on the first) and working with the younger children to prepare for some sort of show or presentation.
or. . .
In any case—I can empathize with Grandma. It’s frustrating when people won’t do what you want them to do.