Nevertheless, there is value in Frank’s discussion of personal issues faced by virtually every youngster entering their teens and not always resolved in a satisfactory manner.
As well, the entire definitive version of the diary gives the world a more complete picture of the talented youngster who would meet a tragic end before her adult life could even begin.
Her cousin, Buddy Elias, has said it shows Anne “in a truer light, not as a saint, but as a girl like every other girl … She was an ordinary, normal girl with a talent for writing.”
It is unfortunate, though perhaps understandable, that many people find public discussion of subjects as personal as bodily functions too uncomfortable to handle. But ignoring it in hopes it will go away usually doesn’t work. It only removes the discussion to a venue less likely to be controlled.
Thankfully the Northville, Mich., school system opted for inclusion.
Jim Bailey’s column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached by email at email@example.com.