Botella Masked

No need to worry, the stagecoach is not being robbed. That’s just Botella showing off her Choteau Bulldogs mask while practicing safe selfies.

During his physical, the doctor asked the patient about his daily activity level. He described a typical day this way: “Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, drank eight beers, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, jumped away from an aggressive rattlesnake, marched up and down several rocky hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, and crawled out of quicksand.” Inspired by the story, the doctor said, “You must be one heck of an outdoors man!” ”NAH,” he replied, “I’m just a golfer.”

Happy Friendship Day on Sunday August 2, 2020. I’m celebrating my friendships. I feel very nostalgic when I think of my women friends. Most important were my mothers: birth mother, adoptive mother who is also my grandmother, step-mother, and mother-in-law. I’ve been lucky to have two women in Choteau be like a mother to me too – Betty Sulgrove and Charlotte Crary. All these women were exceptional mothers.

I’m a girlfriend kind of girl. I never attracted boys. I was too tall and shy but lucky enough to be athletic. I think boys thought of me as a sister. Looking back that was a plus.

I have been surrounded by the most remarkable women. Having such women in my life has made me very happy. I have been friends of Ellery Crary Cramer and Leah McDonald for over-78-years; and my daughter Karen Rudolph Frey for over-59-years.

Other Choteau school friends: Shirley Swenson Buckley, Patty Kade Daniel, Jacquie Slanger Day, Florence Higgins Fenger, Jean Rausch Printy, Phyllis Magee Thuillier, Donna Ballantyne Butterfield, Virginia Nelson Oursland, Joan Richem Scott and Sandra Hanusa Lange.

After I left home close friends were my roommates Carol Lindhe Czaia from Outlook, Montana, and Jennie Bailey Lubbers from Burke, South Dakota.

Mid-west friends: Charlotte Giles, Dee Kinney, Shirley Palm, Ruth and Darline Lehmann, Marvel Godin and Liz Dettinger.

Good friends of late are: Gloria Lannen, Pat Fenton, Pat Shetler, June Abramavage, Fran Brubaker, Edna Buechler, Sally Sulgrove Steward, Carol Arensmeyer, Arlene Depner Woodahl, Gerry Zier Smith, Lisa White Lindgren, Ruth Jensen, Nancy Moorhouse, Marie Aune Crawford, Barbara Baumgartner, Jeanne Dexter, Deanna Styren, Joyce Schlecht, Mickey Yarde, and others at Skyline Lodge. Good friends Frankie Powell and Alberta Thompson have died.

British Columbia friends: Linda Cole, Ruth Khadikin, Marg Barisoff, and Lois Brulotte, and others from the Junction Church.

A Facebook friend I would like to meet is Pia Cramer. If I missed anyone, please forgive me.

All these women were and are special to me. I can’t explain how grateful I am to have had each one of them in my life. Just knowing they were always there with a sympathetic ear, encouraging word and understanding heart when I needed it gave me a feeling of peace. That makes our friendships one of the most valuable gifts I’ve ever been given.

To my friends: I don’t care what you earn, where  you live, what you drive, whether your gay or straight, what race you are, fat or thin, tall, or short, beautiful, or average, rich or poor, smart or not. If you’re my friend, then you’re my friend; I will accept  you just the way you are.