Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Via this blog post I came across this excellent photograph of Jacqueline Kennedy – a wife and widow of John Kennedy.

While she was definitely a very beautiful woman, I can’t think of anyone who would want to be her – there was so much grief and sorrow in her life, that it even seems unfair.  Assassination of her husband is not even the first one on the list.  By that time she already lost two children – her first daughter was delivered stillborn and her fourth child – a boy – died only days after he was born.  Then her husband was killed.  Then his brother.  Then she left the United States, fearing for the lives of her other two children.  She got married to a Greek guy, who soon also lost a son, after which got more and more sick himself.  Not long after that he also passed away.  Widow for the second time, she went through a bunch of legal arguments with the rest of his family.  And if all that wasn’t enough, she was diagnosed with cancer and died at the age of 64.

But from what I understood, she remained strong, kind, and caring throughout her life.  She did a lot of good for a lot of people and many still remember her with words of respect and gratitude.  That leaves me absolutely speechless…

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