Happy 406 Day! This evening I am thinking about my many friends and acquaintances who live in the great state of Montana. Today is April 6 and that date (4/06) reflects the ONLY area code in the Treasure State.
There is a part of me that is celebrating too. I lived in Montana for eight years as I went to college, started my professional career, and grew into an adult. I enjoyed many milestones, good times, and lifelong memories.
Out of the three states I have lived in, Montanans are the most distinctive. They are proud, hardworking people who value their slice of paradise. They are good folks who truly love the outdoors and the beautiful environment that surrounds them…and for good reason. You see, in Montana the air is crisper, the scenery prettier, the days longer, and the rivers fresher. It truly is a special place.
I am so thankful for my time in the state but I don’t think I ever truly fit in. I just didn’t have the attributes of a Montanan. To be honest, I think I lacked the toughness and resourcefulness that is innate in so many of the people who were born and raised there.
Despite my inability to claim a true Montanan spirit, I am damn proud to have lived there. The state has so much to offer and like I have already alluded to, the people know it. It is not called The Last Best Place for nothing. I extend my genuine gratitude to the state for the positive impact it had on me. Don’t Blink.