18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Thursday, February 5, 1914: Got through with our affair at the church. Made quite a break, and guess that made me forget part of my recitation.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Grandma—I’m sorry that your recitation didn’t go well. What a downer!
Previous diary entries said that the Christian Endeavor Union was holding a week of services in McEwensville—and that Grandma was learning a speech to give at the service on Thursday. An entry also suggested that she may have been part of a skit or singing group at the service.
This entry doesn’t quite make sense to me. What does “ made quite a break mean?” . . . and why would it cause Grandma to forget part of her recitation?