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Letters to Anne

By Lily Barraclough All Rights Reserved ©

Other / Humor


I have kept a journal for the majority of my life, starting with random notes about eating pizza and crazy little brothers, to existential crises regarding my own mortality and the fate of the world. When I was about ten I read the Diary of Anne Frank and decided that I was going to start addressing my entries to Anne. Representing both the fierce young girl who died well before her time in the holocaust, and my childhood idol Anne Shirley from Lucy Maud Montgomery’s books. I figured that if Anne Frank couldn’t live out the life she was meant to, the least I could do is keep her alive in my writing. I started just like everyone else, and I begin as an ignorant young child. But, these letters addressed to the iconic face of Anne Frank, will take you through my trials and tribulations of being bullied at elementary school, the first times I realized that we are slowly destroying our planet, my immense love for horses, my fear of death, my attachment to characters in Harry Potter and other books, and my worries about all of the injustices of the world. I am not some superhero. I am not someone who loves learning about climate change. I am a woman. I am a young adult. I face all of the

Chapter 1: My first diary: a bunch of pieces of lined paper with cut out holes tied together with string – the beginning of it all

October 6th, 2005

Dear diary,

Conrad antign wride donest like me any more I don’t kwon why its bad.

October 8th, 2005

My mums are werd because I mean to my brothr I thike that’s why ant wise I don’t care. This is the shecrt code 34310ACDB

October 10th, 2005

I do bad thigs to my brother sometimes thit I hope I don’t do whan Im big persine serterx.

Code 3/2

October 20th, 2005

Dear Dairy

Petra is getting coucou can you do anythige I hope you can

From Lily

October 25th, 2005

Dear Diary,

Today Petra was mean to me I didet tell The ticher. Whe wold proble get in troble or sesetly for two days or morme days I’m happy I dintent.

October 30th, 2005

I got sent home from school today because I cired my mom pick me up thre I thot she was mad but she was worried for me.

I suffered from quite a lot of anxiety as a young kid in the second grade and constantly feigned sickness and went home from school sick.

Sat, Nov. 19, 2005

Deary Diay,

I got hit in the heat last nigt by Edwin It hoat.

Tuesday, January 24th, 2006

Deary Diry

My mum and my bro are sick I’m never ever wathing Tv agin or Im not on the computer.


January 30th, 2006

Dear Drary,

Today was a pa day I went to the textile museum. Secret code 6150.

Fri. Feb 10/06

I had pizza for dinner tonigt. tWo pices of pizza from The Dimind pizza I was good I beggd for It.

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