Today's Featured Biography
Diane Johnston Boehle
I shared nearly one third of my life with you. For so much, I thank you. If a book were to be written since that warm June graduation day in 1967, I would call it “Journey”...my journey. We are are all born with great dreams which sometimes get derailed along the way or submerged by our own choices. Upon leaving Wenatchee and graduating from the University of Washington, I was about to cross another threshold. With my small suitcase, $550.00, and a old Singer sewing machine, I embarked on a new landscape in which to call home...San Francisco! Even with no soft place to fall upon arrival, I had no worries. I was invincible! If you were able to peer inside that small suitcase, one might think the obvious belongings were quite meager....a change of clothes, toothbrush, white lipstick, and a large paper map. However, what you couldn't have seen was in one of those tiny zipped pockets and only available to me. In there, was the blueprint of who I had become in my short 22 years. I brought with me wisdom, determination, compassion, creativity, laughter, and a wonderful free-spirit. These qualities have defined the borders of my life.
I traveled the world as a stewardess. Hey, that is what they called us in those days! There wasn’t a question in my mind that I didn’t leave a permanent mark on every city, both large and small. In fact, London has been probably wondering where I have been! It might have had something to do with the readily available duty-free liquor and those tables in which I danced!
A year into that venture, I met a very handsome first year dental student from San Francisco. There are many people that come and go in our lives. A few touch us in ways that change forever. In the year 1973, I looked into the eyes of the man who was to become my life partner. His name was Bill Boehle. Visiting far away lands was placed on the back burner in order to start a “real job” which followed my passion in fashion design. With our marriage, we were united by a love that would see us through the journey of a lifetime. Since that moment, he has been a man who is the friend of my soul, the heart of my heart, and every time I hear his name, I feel love. He has become the star in my life of 36 years, which brings me light even in the dark when I need it. Bill offers me the promise of renewal, pleasure of living , and peace of mind that comes from caring. Love, unlike a diamond, is by far the most inexpensive thing you can give and yet, it outshines everything else.
I eventually launched my own company, Boehle, designing a clothing line which sold in many stores throughout the United States and Canada. It was both creative and stressful. During that time period, the births of our sons, Justin and David brought an added depth of love that compared to no other. While dealing with the “barracuda” representatives in New York, it was a challenge to be on the other coast designing and changing diapers simultaneously. One time, I was New York doing a fashion show when one of our sons became ill in California. After waking his daddy in the middle of the night, he said, “When a little boy gets sick, he just wants his mommy!” Guilty...oh my!
My biggest surprise was how I especially loved being a mother and found myself in a state of confusion balancing a demanding career. However, we managed to give them many avenues to explore in the world, fostered great self-esteem, and an abundance of love. Bill and I truly went beyond limitations into uncharted territory to be a wonderful parents to them. Today, they are quite successful and happy. They both have been married two years to incredible and loving women. There is a special place in the world that the four of them are playing. I know when the torch is finally passed, the same values and love will be bestowed to their own children.
With more than a quarter of a century in the fashion business, I needed a career change. For twenty years, I worked for Western Athletic Clubs until retirement last December. As the number one athletic club system in the country, it provides experiences that celebrate a healthy lifestyle with integrity, impeccable service, innovation, and community growth. While there, I was the director of sales and marketing. Many of the members became my friends and I genuinely shared their most intimate secrets and triumphs. I imparted discoveries on wrinkle creams, cottage cheese thighs, and estrogen! I had restless nights about their career paths, felt the pain of their divorces, and losses of loved ones. I celebrated their marriages and births. As their children grew, often there was a parade in my office to do a little dance, show off a finger painting, or tell me everything about dinosaurs. I saw the ebbs and tides of many experiences and truly felt like I enhanced the lives of others in so many ways. Each of us is like a ripple in the sea of life. Our reflections can be seen in everyone we meet.
As far as the next chapter, I am focusing more on the arts. I would love to have an inspiring studio over looking a peaceful knoll somewhere. Oh, and laugh more until my sides hurt! Who says life is over at age 63! How enriched we are now with all of our wisdom.
I have been blessed with an amazing, loving family and friends. I also have a passion for entertaining, traveling, and staying healthy.
After leafing through the chronicles of time, the friendship of my fellow Panthers was my foundation. If a message could be sent to that warm day in June 1967, I would definitely know the future is mine to live to the best by the personal standards of honor and excellence that only I can set. And cherish above all, my individuality. Realize always, that I am capable of achieving the only kind of success which really matters...that being at peace with me. I would try understanding what is most valuable and listen to my heart. Continually, I would remind myself that I don’t know what the future will bring, therefore, tomorrow needs to be lit by today. Time will never bring back the occasion swept away from me. Strive to live in the present and find something exceptional in each moment. This would give me the opportunity to live free of regret and filled with as much joy, fun, and laughter that I could stand. I would treasure each day because it truly will never happen again.
This, too, is my wish for all of you. What a pleasure I have had sharing our memories for this high school journal. Thank you for being in my circle of life.
Love and friendship,
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