Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Anne's Tree

I discovered Anne Frank in an eighth grade English classroom. I was thirteen and she made a huge difference in my life.

Which is why there was no surprise when my brother sent me an article yesterday, knowing how much I admire Anne. A great read :):

Tree Beloved to Anne Frank Falls Down

I loved how the article ended with, "but even as the original tree finally falls, pieces of it are growing strong, reaching for blue skies and welcoming birds across the globe - a living legacy to a girl who understood what life could promise."

On April 5, 1944 Anne wrote, "I don't want to live in vain like most people. 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!" so little she'd know how so very much alive she still is today.  Like her, the tree also lives on. even though I'm disappointed I wouldn't be able to see the original one whenever I go to Amsterdam, I can believe the tree fell for us to have a bit of Anne everywhere.

An an additional note, before I go to sleep, I'd also like to share this:

Anne Frank Tree Falls, Holocaust Denial Rises

*sigh* what a sad state of affairs.

On the other hand, like Anne said, "think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy."

With that, I am off to bed. Good night. :)