Montana Jones

Montana n: A state of the northwest United States bordering on Canada. Admitted as the 41st state in 1889. The fourth largest state in the union, it includes vast prairies and numerous majestic mountain ranges.
Syn: Treasure State, Big Sky Country, Last Best Place.

Jones n: slang. An addiction or very deep craving.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Being Montanan

I have paid income tax in Montana for the past two years? Does this make me Montanan? My mother and grandmother and great grandmother were all born and raised in Montana. I have Montanan blood. Does this make me Montanan? I have had a Montana mailing address since January, a Montana drivers license since February, Montana license plates on my car since May. Is this all it takes to be Montanan? Does being Montanan come from the love of wide spaces and freedom, from independence, from respect for our neighbors and our land? Is there a secret Montanan handshake? (I'm not sure but I think it may be saluting your neighbor with your coffee cup first thing in the morning.)

I don't know exactly when I will make the transition from transplant to Montanan, but I got a phone call inviting me to a barbecue this weekend. The first time since my move that someone has invited me to a social event. That has made me feel more Montanan than anything else I have done.

The coffee cup salute is integral.

You must also be able to sing the Montana state song when you are really intoxicated. (That is how I prove I am a Montanan)

And you must do the index finger wave to everyone you meet on a country road...or a town road...or a major highway. Montanan's have very strong index fingers. My husband makes fun of me because I do that sometimes here in Maine. And they just don't get it.

Probably the most important part of being Montanan is that you need to feel it in your bones and feel like a Montanan. If you want to be need to ditch the transplant tag...or you will always be a transplant.
Be sure to check the expiration date on that license there buddy.
You could always put one of those "NATIVE" bumper stickers on your vehicle. Ha Ha...
You definitely have to feel it in your bones, and when you do it will eminate from you. You become truly Montanan when a native recognizes that in you and lets you know you must have been born in the wrong state. Took me 3 years but I'm officially an adopted native who has found her home. You can FEEL it.
Being from Texas, the index finger salutation was a wierd thing to get used too.
I've been here three years, I feel "Montanan" now. I now salute everyone as I pass by.
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