The memory of my first encounter with lessons about loss, love and life is still afresh. Letters To Anne Frank’s Father, a chapter from Chicken Soup for the Soul in my 9th standard English textbook, led me to Anne Frank The Diary Of A Young Girl. History’s wisdom was gifted to a 13 year old girl in the thoughts and words of a 13 year old girl. Something, I now realize, every child needs and deserves. A time when fellow students were creating memories in scrapbooks, I was lucky enough to create my own by reading words of humor, wit,love, aspirations by a mere 13 ear old who welcomed life with arms wide open. Anne had an eye for details and studied situations and characters in-depth such that her diary expressed how well she understood those around her. Anne taught us through a few valuable pages, what many around us try to teach us for life; to live, come what may, you should always want to live for there is a lot to life. Here’s one of her many inspiring quotes which reflect the above: “It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” – Anne Frank,
The epilogue in my copy of Anne’s Diary concludes rather beautifully, “The young girl’s (last) wish that “I want to go on living even after my death” has come true with a string of tragic irony attached to it.” For being one of my inspirations to write, for taking many young ones to a journey of wisdom and to impact the world by setting an example of how the diary of a young girl can consist of such potential, here’s to remembering on what would have been her 83rd birth anniversary, the girl who’ll never die. Happy Birthday Anne Frank.
Anne’s Diary had a lot of depth which provoked thoughtfulness in the minds and emotions in the hearts of millions around the world. Listed below are some examples of the different way Anne’s story has affected various lives over the years.