Monday, January 11, 2010

A Bittersweet Ending

Hello Little Kittens,

Today was bittersweet for me because Miep Gies passed away. She was the woman who hid Anne Frank and her family and kept the diary. I read about Anne Frank in school, and when I visited Mauthausen in 2005. Though I felt I could relate to Anne Frank as a young woman, I admired Miep Gies a lot more. I always wanted to visit Amsterdam and see the Anne Frank House knowing that Miep Gies, the woman who protected the Franks at that location was still alive and well in the same area. Unfortunately I won't get that chance.

It's bitter that the world lost her today, but sweet that she lived a long, healthy life, that she lived to be 100 years old. We can't live forever, but she lived to be a healthy 100 year old.

She used the word "human duty" when talking about why she risked her life and hid the Franks. She did not want to be known as a hero because she was just doing her human duty. It's something we should all do. We all have our preconceived notions about other people. But when it comes down to it, we are all human.

She really made me think about what I would do if I were in a situation where others depended on me for their survival. I don't know what I would do, but she made me think a lot about it.

She did not want to be admired or thought of as a hero because so many people did more than she did and never got recognition. And she is right, but I can't help but admire her humbleness.

I am a little miffed that her death isn't getting more press, since the Anne Frank Diary is very well known and has been published in so many languages. Tiger Woods and Kate Gosselin with her new stupid glued on extentions are getting more press and that pisses me off. And that stuff doesn't even really matter.

Anyway, that is all for now.

10 comments:

LYN said...

I HADN'T EVEN HEARD..YOU'RE RIGHT SHE DESERVED MORE RESPECT THAN THAT!

ANNE FRANKS DIARY STARTED MY LOVE OF WRITING AS A YOUNG GIRL...

HAVE A GREAT WEEK!!

Secretia said...

Some day you may marry, and then your husband will depend on you for his very survival, and you will depend on him the same way. It is a beautiful thing.

Secretia

Big Mark 243 said...

While unfamiliar with Miep Gies other than as a brief line as the one who did this great thing, I do understand your frustration. You would think that she would garner more attention, particularly since she was a part of such an influential story.

Kerrie said...

Your right I did not really know about this marvelous woman.
Who knows what we would do in the same circumstances.

Tee aka The Diva's Thoughts said...

I just read about her death. Very sad.

mac said...

It is sad that today's sex scandals are given more credence than history.

It is true, "Those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it"

dadshouse said...

I didn't know about Miep Gies. Thanks for sharing.

Dad.. said...

UNBELIEVABLE that I haven't see this today in the mainstream media. I guess people are too worried about Tiger Woods and Lady Gaga's newest look. Thanks for posting girlie!!

Paul Nichols said...

You are absolutely right!

I didn't know. How did you find out?

Danielle said...

I completely agree with you on this. We as a society value the crap that doesn't matter.