18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, April 17, 1913: Our exams are now entirely over. I think I passed. No more examinations at school to bother me.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Yeah!—Grandma, it’s awesome that you’ve completed the final hurdle before graduation. You’re awesome!
But I’m feeling a little sad. I enjoyed reliving your high school years with you—the drama, the joys and the defeats. It was fun imagining you walking to school each morning; and I loved skimming hundred-year-old textbooks in search of perfect quotes to illustrate diary entries—but those days are now behind me.
I’m looking forward to learning more about your life after graduation, but I’ll miss your school days!