Tell Us About Your Friends

We invite you to share your thoughts here on the Ames girls’ story, or to tell us about your own group of friends. (If there’s a follow-up project, we may be back in touch for more details. Thanks!)

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(19) steve Risdal
Mon, 6 April 2009 18:31:09 +0000

Friendships is what life is all about and enduring ones are the ones most cherished. My class of 1965 has kept together both women and men as good as a class could do. We have had all of the timely reunions which have had a overwhelming number of classmates return but more importantly during the early years before e mail we all kept together by phone and letters and now with e mail and facebook we have uninterrupted contact. Brought up in the most tumulutous of times and also some of the happiiest of times brought a binding bond amoung all of us. I'm so appreciative of all the friendships that have lasted the test of time and this includes classes ahead and behind us The world really needs these strong friendship ties more today than ever.

(18) Miz. Honey
Thu, 2 April 2009 20:56:06 +0000

I always imagined I would have done very well with sisters. I only have one brother. So from earliest childhood in the neighborhood I was very fond of my little female friends. In fifth grade we moved and I met my friends,Viki and Kelly with whom I am in touch with to this very day almost 50 years later.
Along the way from high school,jr. college,jobs,motherhood,church I have picked up other dear girlfriends along the way. These woman know just what to say at the right time in my life and how to say it! I love my spouse but lets face it,husbands make lousy girlfriends!

(17) Tara
Tue, 31 March 2009 15:48:15 +0000

Personally, I believe that I am accepted to a great group of friends. There are ten of us girls in my group and there is a history with almost everyone. Me, I am pretty new to the group of friends that I am in right now so I don't have the history where I've known everyone all my life. I am really close to my friend Katlyn and she is a triplet, I am really close to Kelly and Kristi, who are her sisters, but Kate is my best friend out of the three. I have known my friends Megan and Claire since elementary school and we have been pretty close as well. When I was in middle school I was introduced to Marissa and we have been friends ever since. Once I arrived in high school I met the rest of the group thanks to Katlyn, she pretty much brought me in. Completing the group is Andi, Mackenzie, and Ashley also and they are just a blast to have around.
My friends mean a lot to me and I am so thankful for them. It's crazy to think that with such a big group we all get along so well. My parents never hesitate or worry when I ask to go hang out with them. We always make the best of our time spent together, which is often. We do have some problems within our group, but very rarely, and there is always an answer to that problem also. We plan to stay friends as long as possible and hope to come to our ten year reunions with more memories made in those ten years. These girls mean a lot to me and I hope to keep them forever.

(16) Susie Kaldor Heaton
Tue, 31 March 2009 14:24:51 +0000

I have just read your introductory excerpt online from your about-to-be-released book, The Girls from Ames. I can't wait to read the rest of the book -- because I, too, am a girl from Ames. I was born about 10 years before "your girls" (1952, to be exact) but I'm sure their stories were also my stories as Ames was a wonderful community to grow up in. Now, as a 50-something (and almost 60-something) my girlfriends truly are my greatest treasure (next to my husband and children, of course!).

(15) Alyssa Moravec
Tue, 31 March 2009 14:10:53 +0000

Friendship is something everyone cherishes for the entirety of their lives. I always found girls to be rather mean, so I've never been able to keep friends for very long periods of time. I often get annoyed when they are immature, which many are. But this all changed when I met Josie Baumgaurt a few years ago. We were very close from the get go, we met in seventh grade and have great friends since. But it really affected me when she had to pack up and move to Duluth. It was because of family reasons so I really couldn't be mad at her, she had no choice. It really hurt me knowing my best friend was leaving. My life has been greatly different since she has been gone. The distance has affected our relationship, but I wish I could let her know how important she will always be to me. I miss Josie with all my heart and she will truly always be my best friend.

(14) Jacquie
Tue, 31 March 2009 02:01:41 +0000

My friends are my sisters. We travelled through many losses together, including my hardest, the death of our oldest sister.
We lost our mother when my older sisters were teens and I was a child. They each mothered me and eventually became my friends. We spend time together and stay in touch on almost a daily basis. We now get to enjoy eachothers' children and grandchildren. Our sisterhood is strong even though we are very individual. We all have opinions and all try to love unconditionally. I couldn't live my life without my sisters. They are an extension of my self.

(13) Lynn Kuechle
Wed, 25 March 2009 23:42:06 +0000

I have friends from many different phases of my life - from high school, college, different jobs and now motherhood. I have spent the last 4 years researching being a mother in modern society. From my study I have found that one thing we can agree on is that motherhood is getting more difficult due to the increased expectations for mothers to be successful professionals, engaged parents, and loving partners. Second, we spend a lot of time and effort tearing one another down rather than supporting each other. It seems to me that at least part of making motherhood an empowering experience would be creating a network of friends who can support our efforts to raise the next generation. I hope we can all learn a little about the importance of these bonds and this book will inspire us to reach out to other women to support more and tear down less.

(12) Teresa Albertson
Tue, 24 March 2009 20:22:31 +0000

I grew up with these girls. I went to elementary, junior high and high school with every one of them. I am the same age. At times I was proud to call almost all of the Ames Girls "friend." I wish them all well and look forward to reading the book. As a writer, I know the risk one takes when putting a story on the page, especially a true, personal story. Thank you, "girls," for taking the risk. And thank you, Jeffrey, for telling the story.

(11) Deb
Sat, 21 March 2009 13:27:06 +0000

My husband, Matt, is now 39. He is part of a group of 9 men who have been friends for as long as 35 years (kindergarten). These men still talk DAILY by means of a website they have created. They were born and raised in Michigan, but now only one of them remains there(Mark). The rest are now living in Minnesota(Matt), Washington D.C.(Roger and Dave), North Carolina(Brad), Utah(Chris), San Diego(Greg), Oregon(Anthony) and Colorado(Tom). Eight of the nine are married and seven have children. They are very diverse in their interests but love each other dearly.

(10) Longtime friend
Fri, 20 March 2009 18:20:00 +0000

It's funny that this book is coming out now, at a point in my life when I'm wondering if my "best" friend and I can continue. She and I have known each other since we were 12 and we instantly hit it off. But, we've had our ups and downs definitely. At our best, we are like yin and yang, the perfect other half. More than once, we've actually been wearing almost the same thing without consulting each other. Once, I could see through her blouse that she had the same bra as me and we flashed each other to prove it! She has a lot of the best and worst traits of my husband (hard working, frugal, faithful, low libido). I tell people she's like Bob Villa and Martha Stewart rolled into one. And I have some of the best and worst traits of her husband (spendthrift, flirty, assertive, etc"¦!). We can finish each other's sentences.

But now, it's our differences that are most obvious. We're on opposite sides of issues politically. Her family has a history of divorce and out of wedlock babies. My family is very conservative. There are other, more personal things that get in the way, too.

For the past couple months, I've been contemplating the idea of life without her. She keeps saying she may move out of town when her kids are out of the house. It hurts me when she says this, and I think she might be fishing for me to beg her to stay. I've also been feeling that she's at odds with me, not on my side where other things are concerned.

Anyway. I look forward very much to reading The Girls From Ames!

(9) Sydney
Fri, 20 March 2009 16:29:16 +0000

Loved the excerpt on this Web site and the video was fun to watch!! This sounds like a very special book about friendship, and I know it will remind me of all of my old girlfriends from a zillion years ago. Got to go. I think I need to call them all tonight!

(8) Sarah Peters
Fri, 20 March 2009 15:55:01 +0000

I have lived in Minnesota my whole life, and in my lifetime that I have lived here, I have met many new friends and have lost some due to some hard times. Today in my life I still talk to friends that I have known since elementry school. I know that I can trust all the friends that I have now. I look back at all the memories that I have had with all my friends and the times that we have been through, some good and bad but mostly good. Those times will never be forgotten. I think friendship is a big thing in a person's life and everyone needs at least one true friend.

(7) rosa hussein
Thu, 19 March 2009 14:02:09 +0000

When I was young I had a best friend I grew up with her and we went same school and till I left. Suhur was my favored girl because she was this crazy outgoing girl who can make you always happy when you are not in the mood. Suhur and I were always together, she was like my sister I can tell her anything and so is she. Now that I am here I miss her a lot. We still talk on the phone but I could never forget that girl and the Girls from Ames remand me of her because they are just like what we were friends who can depend on others. I just like to thanks my best friend and tell her how important she is to me because there is nothing more important than having some one in your life that you can trust and feel close to and I know she feel the same thing about me, and I am hoping to see her again in the future I hop.

(6) Blake Halvorson
Thu, 19 March 2009 13:59:48 +0000

Friends are something that is very rare and difficult to find in life and I have been lucky enough to find one true friend after 18 years. The definition of a friend is someone who is on good terms with another; but to me there is so much more to that definition than which is given. When I was in elementary I had a best friend named Jesse Elkyer and together we were unstoppable. Nothing could have come between us except for one thing. That one thing was one of us moving away and in 5th grade his dad got a new job in Texas and left me. His moving away changed everything for me and nothing was ever the same. My personality was not the same anymore. We attended a catholic school together and after he moved away I had no reason to continue attending that school so I transferred to the public school. Life is not the same without him and after he moved we had no contact with each other anymore. It is still hard today to think back to that dramatic event. I miss him and I wish he knew that.

(5) Andi
Thu, 19 March 2009 13:39:11 +0000

I feel I have a very good group of friends. There also are ten of us girls who are very close. There are the triplet sisters who I have known since second grade. I then met and Claire, Megan in middle school, where we became friends quickly. In high school the rest of the girls joined the group Marissa who is one of my closets friends now and also Ashley, Tara, and Kenzi.
We have always been a close group because we all have the same values in life. We want to have successful and happy lives when we get older. We all really want to live to our fullest potentials. Even though we are just in High school we have gone through a few rough bumps. But nothing has pulled us apart we stand by each other when a close family member dies or if they are having a rough time at home. But because we are such a close group of friends we know we can make it through those times just because we know we have someone there to listen and understand. We will always be close and I hope we stay together like the Girls from Ames.

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