Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Anne Frank, for the umpteenth time

Anyone who has ever kept a journal (or blogged) has probably compared themselves, however briefly, with one of history's greatest diarists, Anne Frank.

Anyone who's ever attended a public school. in the United States of America has read at least an excerpt from The Diary of a Young Girl.

I've read the book far too many times to be bowled over by the totality of the diary and its background (i.e. the Holocaust). But a fresh reading after 12 years or so is still worth reflecting on.

Anne received the diary as a birthday gift when she turned 13 in 1942, just weeks before her parents made the decision to go into hiding to avoid capture and deportation by the Nazis. She was "not yet sixteen" when she perished from typhus at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.In between those two milestones, she lived in very close quarters, often under straitened conditions, with her mother, father, sister, a family they were close to, consisting of husband, wife and son, and a retired dentist. They were protected by the owners of the business (Anne's father was co-owner but not on paper -- he had transferred legal ownership to colleagues so as to keep the company designated "not Jewish" and safe from being shut down) and their hiding place was in the same building with a warehouse and set of offices.During the day, they had to be extremely quiet so as not to give themselves away to the office and warehouse workers who weren't in on the secret. At night they still had to be quiet to avoid attracting attention from the cleaning crew, and the neighbors in a densely populated section of Amsterdam.

Motherly advice from a Father


By The Urban Blabbermouth

One of the crucial and most embarrassing conversations to have with your daughter is to tell her about boyfriends.  One has to be sure to give her advice, otherwise she will learn on her own and make some pretty stupid mistakes.  This conversation is necessarily short as men are notoriously poor at giving advice to women and father-to-daughter advice fares no better.  But do be careful.  Boundaries must be maintained so as not to intrude too much into her privacy or worse, to show her how you were a cad in your years as a boyfriend.

So here it is: a daughter should have three boyfriends at all times.
  • Boyfriend No. 1 is for sociability.  This is the guy you hang out with.  He is the one who you talk to, who takes you shopping and is your best friend.
  • Boyfriend No. 2 is the wallet.  He is the one to call when you are spending big bucks on trips or expensive purchases.
  • Boyfriend No. 3 is for the bedroom.  This is self explanatory.  Invoke boundary rules and tell her to call her mom.
Advise her that most guys only fit one trait, hence the three-boyfriend rule and it is extremely rare to find all three traits in one man.  If she finds two of the three traits in one man, then marry him.  If she gets lucky and find all three traits in one man, then get on her knees every day and thank God for His extreme kindness.

There are other traits such as a Fixer to make lots of repairs around the house but don’t bother to look for those.  That is what her brother is for, call him.

Nuf said.