“Just imagine how forgetful I’ll be when I’m eighty!”
May 11th, 1944.
June 12th happens to be the eightieth birthday of one of the most well-known diarists in history: Anne Frank.
Have you ever imagined what she might have looked like when she grew up, or what she would have become? Would she have been a writer, as she’d pondered in her diary, if only she could write well enough?
April 5th, 1944
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?
Anne’s diary remains one of the most well-read books in the world, second only to the Bible.
And to think a publisher once rejected the diary with these words:
Click this link to see an age progressed photograph: Anne Frank at 80.
What was Anne’s full name? Annelies Marie Frank, born June 12th, 1929, in Frankfurt, Germany.
Anne and Edith Frank.
(Photos courtesy of the Anne Frank House Museum.)
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