I am my own skipper and later on I shall see where I come to land.

weather vane shaped like a tall ship

How does a child begin to chart their own path?

Saturday, 7 November 1942

We are exact opposites in everything; so naturally we are bound to run up against each other. I don’t pronounce judgment on Mummy’s character, for that is something I can’t judge. I only look at her as a mother, and she doesn’t succeed in being that to me; I have to be my own mother. I’ve drawn myself apart from them all; I am my own skipper and later on I shall see where I come to land. All this comes about particularly because I have in my mind’s eye an image of what a perfect mother and wife should be; and in her whom I must call ‘Mother’ I find no trace of that image.

I am always making resolutions not to notice Mummy’s bad example. I want to see only the good side of her and to seek in myself what I cannot find in her. But it doesn’t work; and the worst of it is that neither Daddy nor Mummy understands this gap in my life, and I blame them for it. I wonder if anyone can ever succeed in making their children absolutely content.

by Anne Frank (June 1929 – March 1945)
from The Diary of a Young Girl

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One Response to “I am my own skipper and later on I shall see where I come to land.”

  1. lola Says:

    she is amazingly pure.

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