As I was reading this book, I must admit Florence got on my nerves a bit. She seemed very "adult" for a young teen, and rather snotty at times. I cannot imagine living in the world she occupied--it had to be so vibrant and alive! Knowing what would come in a few short years--a world torn apart by war, made reading this poignant for me. This world was lost, so for Florence to have kept a diary for just a few short years gave us a window into a time when it seemed the world was full of fresh new ideas, chock full of art and culture, and women were realizing they had more to give than being a wife and mother and stifling their artistic talents and desires for careers outside the home.
I am glad the book did not simply end with the diary, that I got see what Florence did after she wrote her last entry. I'm thrilled she got to Europe--that trip sounded like a heck of a good time! And Nat--what a handsome guy--holy cow! I think every man she met was swoon worthy. They all looked so elegant.
Florence as a 90 year old was a delight. I agree with Lily, that she was still the young girl from the diary. Florence may have felt she lost that adventurous young girl, but I think she was still there. And her daughters and grandchildren were perfect examples of her sense of adventure and artistic flair reaching their full potential. I looked to see if Florence was still alive today, and I could not find anything that indicated her death, so I can only assume she's closing in on 100 years. What a time span--so many things she has witnessed.
Does this make you want to begin a journal of your own? Have you rediscovered an old diary from your younger years? I must confess I do not have a diary from my childhood. I think of Oprah, who has kept a journal since her teen years, and still, to this day, keeps a journal. She has said she looks at some from her 20's and laughs at her drama. I am kind of envious that she still has contact with that version of herself. I can't remember what I was thinking about 5 years ago, much less 20! So I may start a journal this year, the year I turn 45. I say better late than never.
I hope you enjoyed this book. If Florence was too much for you, well, I hope you enjoyed traveling back to 1930's New York, and it has given you some thought about your life--what you've done, where you are headed, and if you are living the life you dreamed about in your younger years.
|Will you start your own red leather diary?|