Sue's Sweet 16 party is a sleep over with her posse. Sue is behind the birthday cake and Im the girl with the short blonde hair and those lovely plaid shorts. And of course, Most of us are barefooted... We are Montana girls afterall!

When I was around 15 years old a new family moved into my neighborhood. Up until that time, I was the only girl living on Mount Ave (Target Range area) in Missoula, Montana. I was so happy that Sue Wallace moved next door. We became friends right away. She soon became my best friend. We did so much together. We slept at each others houses all the time. We talked on the phone for hours. I was a year older so I got my car first. With a car... we had so much more to do. We lived in a rural area and a car was a necessity and it was like a right of passage. The best part of our weekends was taking a car full of girls (4 in the car and 3 in the trunk) to the Go West Drive-In and flirting with all the boys or putting miles and miles on the car driving up and down Higgins Ave (the drag) flirting with the boys. We sneaked booze from our parents cabinets. I dont know why we picked the Everclear and Dry Vermouth? We also experimented with Winstons and would skinny dipped very late at night. I was honored to be a bridesmaid in her wedding and she was maid of honor in mine. We loved each others babies like they were are own. So many of my girlhood and young adult memories were made with my bestest girlfriend. Thank you Sue for moving into my neighborhood and thank you for the picture that brought up so many memories.