The book,”One Special Summer,” written and illustrated by Jacqueline and Lee Bouvier, a 1974 edition, I found today hiding behind some books in the oversized section of my home library. So, I decided to sit down and read over it. And, then I started thinking about Jacqueline Bouvier who later became known as “Jackie Kennedy” and why she wrote and illustrated this book with her sister.On the back flap of the book, it reads: “We did this book in a state of joy and laughter, which was our mood throughout the trip,” writes Lee Bouvier Radziwill in her introduction to this book. “We split the fun: Jackie did the drawings, the poetry and the parts on Rome and Spain. I described most of our adventures__on the ‘Queen Elizabeth’, in London, Paris, Venice and Florence._I hope some of the fun is still there for you to enjoy.”
The writing ends with: “It’s all over now, September 15, 1951″…but, it wasn’t all over: it was only the beginning. We were to take other extraordinary trips together in the future. One of the most outstanding was Jackie’s trip to Rome, India and Pakistan in 1961 as the wife of the President of the United States__and I went with her.”…(L.B.R.)
I believe Jackie Kennedy was the most stylish first lady of our country, the United States of America, during her lifetime. Her fashionable dress and the outfits she wore certainly influenced many American women, “including my mother.” Both women somehow knew that simplicity was the most elegant. I remember my mother always left the house properly dressed from head to toe when I was a little girl. And, that included her gloves and wearing nylon stockings with high heel shoes.
In 1951, Jackie met John F. Kennedy and a year later they got married. He became the President of the United States in 1960, but was killed three years later in 1963.
And, then five years later Jackie married the Greek, Aristoteles Onassis, who died in 1975.
I believe Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis found her passion with writers in her later life. She passed away in her sleep in 1994 at the age of 64.
Written by Mary Gilmartin, March 18, 2013