Beautifully Human / Laurie Bathke

As we continue our series today, Beautifully Human...

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We focus on the beauty of humans and the power in their stories…

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Through telling their stories we hope to connect this world. To spread some love and humanity...

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To show a common thread of beautiful humans…

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This week we go to Basalt, Colorado with Laurie Bathke to hear her incredible story...

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Laurie is my partner Lindsey's grandmother. I have met her one time earlier this year and she is so delightful. Her joy she has for life is unbelievable.

I love how supportive she is. She is enriches every life she touches...

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Let’s all be beautifully human…

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Laurie Bathke / Basalt, Colorado


Story that shaped your life...


- I come from a family of artists, gardeners, farmers, musicians, animal lovers, nature lovers, readers, politicians...


Growing up around family in the Midwest, not realizing all “that” was already in my bones and blood, I’ve somehow always had the feeling that I could accomplish just about anything (Nieve) I set my mind to.  I believe this came from having a mom and dad who listened to our dreams and supported all five of us.  We don’t arrive with instructions, you wing it.  They helped me buy my first bike, and I still love riding.  They instilled a love of gardening, and I still enjoy it.  Our farm carpenter gave me a collie pup when I was born, Rex.  I’m still caring for a dog, all of these making up my lifestyle, some 80 plus years later.


Tell me a story that could have ruined your life...


- Just into my pre-teens, polio was the pandemic.  I succumbed to a minor case, was quarantined, and treated at home after having bronchial pneumonia.  Thankfully the penicillin worked, and I recall the delirium, and then learning to walk all over again.  My Mom, a voracious reader and teacher, nursed me back to health and I became aware just how precious life is.  We were quarantined several times during childhood with measles, mumps, chicken pox, so it’s not completely new, just longer, due to the horrifically bad “political management.” We were quarantined because there were no vaccines developed yet.


Tell me a story of something that enriched your life...


- When I was a young teen, Daddy came home one day with a bronco from North Dakota, which a horsey friend of his had rescued and properly broke.  This was after years of conversation about my sister and I getting a horse.  We named him Apache Paint (Patchy),  being a pinto gelding, and for many years was our constant companion.  We didn’t just ride on week ends.  We rode daily, and had a neighborhood horsey-girl posse.  Even riding our horses in the lake.  Getting through my teens was made easier sharing everything with my horse and dog.  I’d highly recommend it. 


Tell me a story of how you enriched another life...


- My maternal Grandfather lived with us in our big old four square farm home, and my paternal Grama lived in the next valley over, so grandparents were very much a constant source of love and nurturing.  We cared for Grampa daily after he was no longer able to help in the household.  My Uncle lived a few years there too, providing never ending com