Pride and Joy
updated 06/16/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 06/16/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Despite the fame, the power, the wealth that surrounded them, and the tragedy that molded their lives, Jackie gave her children a sense of joy: She gathered their friends into the White House and later into the sanctuary of her New York City apartment; she doted on their birthday parties—even John Jr.'s third, which she refused to cancel despite its falling on the day of JFK's funeral.
And against all odds, she maintained for them a climate of normality. As she once told Kennedy biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin, shepherding Caroline and John into a happy adulthood was "the best thing I have ever done."