Laurel Marie Strahan Nordlund at age 10
Contributor: Lois Summers Created: 2 months ago Updated: 2 months ago
My dad was in mining exploration so when I was a child we traveled around a lot; moving around about 26 times and changing schools 17 times.
When I was ten years old we lived in a tiny town called Lakeview, Montana. There were very few people in this town. There were only about 8 or 10 kids in the town. There were a lot of empty buildings. Some of the buildings had bats living in the rafters and we were always warned by our parents not to go in them and scare the bats.
One time one of the kids said he had discovered a pond over the hill where we could go swimming. Everyone got on their swim suits and we went swimming. It was great fun until we discovered blood on someone's back. Then we discovered we all had leeches on our bodies. We all got out of the water quick! The boys went over the hill and we girls (both of us) stayed on one side of the hill and picked leeches off ourselves. We felt pretty creepy and crawly after that and dashed home to take a soda bath to stop the creepy itching.
I started school in a one room school house. There were only 5 kids in town now, a 1st, a 2nd, a 3rd grader and 2 of us were 5th graders. I was one of the 5th graders. All the other kids were boys. We didn't have an indoor bathroom but outside were two out-houses, one for the boys and one for the teacher and I (the girls). At recess we 5 kids and the teacher would play baseball because that was what the boys wanted to do. We had to walk up a long dirt road to get to the school.
When it finally snowed that year it was hard work to walk in the deep snow uphill to the school. We didn't stay after that first snow because we didn't want to be snowed in. Everyone moved away by the end of October because when winter set in they would be stuck in Lakeview and there were no stores or gas stations there.. I continued my 5th grade year in Blackfoot, Idaho, then to Deary, Idaho, to Nucla, Colorado and back to Deary, Idaho. But it was the very last day of school when I got to Deary and I was just in time for the last day School Picnic.