Blackfoot Valley Dispatch - The Blackfoot Valley's News Source Since 1980

The Struggle To Fit In


The summer before my eighth grade (1960), my mother, who still had hopes for me, got the idea that I would do well to attend my last year of grade school in Deer Lodge, where I would be going to high school.

I was all for it. Living with our grandmother and entering into the Deer Lodge elementary school society was exciting - and a year earlier than expected. Maybe I had a future, after all.


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