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December 21, 2010

Dear Anne Frank…{A Guest Post}

Today Stephanie from Smarten Up has written an great post about Anne Frank. The quote from the book she uses here grabbed my attention from the beginning and I am thrilled to share it with you here!



If you took a poll with some  average Joe's they would probably say she was famous for her diary.  Fair enough, most have read the book published Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl, or seen the movie The Diary of Anne Frank. I have to admit, from what I can remember, I have neither seen nor read any of these Anne Frank jewels.  I thought this was a requirement for school, but maybe it’s not, or maybe I just slipped through the cracks the same way I did because I have never dissected anything, not even a frog.  With all this said,  I am pretty sure I never had the opportunity to learn about Anne Frank formally, but I think this is a worthy enough cause for learning (for the first time).

The basics of Anne Frank are that she was a Jewish girl growing up in the Holocaust days.  Anne, along with her family lived for 2 years in hidden rooms within her father’s office building, hiding from the Nazi’s. They were eventually found and sent off to concentration camps where Anne eventually died at age 15.  Anne kept a diary from ages 13-15 which was found and published by a family member a couple of years after Anne’s death.
I have yet to read the book but plan to soon. I did catch an interesting entry from the book which I found to be so awesome and inspiring.

I finally realized that I must do my schoolwork to keep from being ignorant, to get on in life, to become a journalist, because that’s what I want! I know I can write …, but it remains to be seen whether I really have talent …

And if I don’t have the talent to write books or newspaper articles, I can always write for myself. But I want to achieve more than that. I can’t imagine living like Mother, Mrs. van Daan and all the women who go about their work and are then forgotten. I need to have something besides a husband and children to devote myself to! … I want to be useful or bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death! And that’s why I’m so grateful to God for having given me this gift, which I can use to develop myself and to express all that’s inside me! When I write I can shake off all my cares. My sorrow disappears, my spirits are revived! But, and that’s a big question, will I ever be able to write something great, will I ever become a journalist or a writer?

If you enjoy writing, how could you read that and not get chills?  Anne knew she could write, but was unsure of her talent.  If only I could speak with Anne today. I would tell her that she was talented well beyond her years. I would tell her that writing has inspired me, along with many other women (and men) and will for years to come.  How awesome was it that she aspired to write a book but would settle for just writing for herself if she has to? Well, Anne Frank, you have gone on living even after your death. You have written a book, a very successful book.  You have brought enjoyment to people you never met. You have written something great and you are a writer.

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