ABOUT CAROL FULLER:

IN 1952,  MY FAMILY AND I RETURNED TO THE LITTLE TOWN OF CHINO, CALFORNIA , WHERE I HAD ATTENDED THE FIRST, SECOND AND FIFTH GRADES.  THE OTHER GRADES WERE ATTENDED AT MOUNTAIN VIEW GRAMMAR SCHOOL IN ONTARIO, CALIFORNIA, WHICH SCHOOL WAS SURROUNDED BY VINEYARDS.  OUR HOME WAS LOCATED AT THE END OF CHINO AVENUE AND ARCHIBALD AT THAT TIME - ALL COUNTRY.  IT WAS WHEN WE MOVED INTO THE TOWN OF CHINO ONCE MORE THAT I FINISHED MY FIFTH GRADE AND THEN TRAVELED TO NORTHERN AND CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WHERE MY FAMILY AND I  DWELLED FOR SEVEN YEARS.  UPON OUR RETURN FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TO CHINO (ONCE MORE),  I FINALLY GRADUATED FROM CHINO HIGH SCHOOL IN 1952, WHICH WAS QUESTIONABLE TO ME BECAUSE I HAD ATTENDED SO MANY SCHOOLS IN MY YOUTH.  THANKS TO SCHOOL RECORDS I HAD ENOUGH CREDITS FOR GRADUATION.  IN THE TWO MONTHS AS A SENIOR AT CHINO HIGH, I MADE SOME FRIENDS AND SOME OF THEM REMEMBERED ME FROM GRAMMAR SCHOOL.  WE STILL ONLY HAD ONE HIGH SCHOOL IN CHINO WHEN I WAS A SENIOR, BUT WE WERE THE FIRST SENIOR CLASS TO GRADUATE FROM THE NEW BUILDING.  THERE WERE 100 OF US.  MANY OF US HAVE SURVIVED UP TO NOW EXCEPT THAT THERE ARE SOME WHO HAVE LOST THEIR SPOUSES. 

IN MY SENIOR CLASS WAS A GIRL BY THE NAME OF CAROL FULLER WHO GRADUATED WITH ME.
WE BOTH ATTENDED CHAFFEY COLLEGE IN ONTARIO WHICH WAS THEN LOCATED ON EUCLID AVENUE BEFORE IT MOVED TO ALTA LOMA.  CAROL VIED FOR HOMECOMING QUEEN DURING OUR FIRST YEAR THERE.  SHE ALWAYS HAD A SMILE FOR EVERYONE, ATTENDED CHURCH EVERY SUNDAY AND STILL HAS A HEART OF GOLD.  TODAY, WE ARE GOOD FRIENDS.  AFTER CHAFFEY COLLEGE, SHE ATTENDED UCLA AND BECAME A SCHOOL TEACHER.  SHE RAISED THREE CHILDREN; A DAUGHTER WHO IS A MATH TEACHER, TWO SONS; ONE A GLOBAL ATTORNEY AND THE OTHER A BUSINESS MAN.

CAROL'S PARENTS OWNED A CHICKEN RANCH IN CHINO, CALIFORNIA, WHERE SHE AND HER BROTHER ED WERE RAISED.  ED HAS LEFT US AS HE HAD A SCUBA DIVING ACCIDENT JUST A FEW YEARS AGO IN SOME FOREIGN COUNTRY.  CAROL LAUGHS WHEN SHE DESCRIBES HOW SHE WAS IN CHARGE OF GATHERING CHICKEN EGGS.  SHE ALSO TOLD ME A STORY ABOUT HER INTRODUCTION TO UCLA.  ONE DAY, SHE AND SOME OF HER FRIENDS WERE COMPARING THEIR PARENTS' LIVELIHOOD.  ONE OF THE STUDENTS ASKED, "AND, WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS DO FOR A LIVING, CAROL?"  WHEN SHE TOLD THEM THEY RAISED CHICKENS, THEY ALL LAUGHED.  HOWEVER, WHAT THEY DIDN'T KNOW WAS THAT CAROL'S PARENTS WERE BIG TIME - THEY RAISED THOUSANDS OF CHICKENS!

I WAS NEVER ONE TO NEED TOO MANY FRIENDS WHILE I WAS GROWING UP AS I WAS BUSY WITH SCHOOL, ALWAYS WORKING AFTER SCHOOL AND ON WEEKENDS AND HELPING WITH THE BIG FAMILY COOKING OR BOILING CLOTHES (JEANS) IN A BIG TIN TUB NEXT TO THE CREEK IN CENTRAL CALIFORNIA.  WE HAD NO WASHING MACHINE.  WE MADE DO WITH AN ALUMINUM WASHBOARD. SOMETIME LATER, THE WASHBOARD MANUFACTURERS CAME OUT WITH GLASS WASHBOARDS.  I WAS TAUGHT TO GATHER MUSTARD GREENS, FISH, NAIL BULLFROGS FROM THE WELL, HUNT FOR COTTONTAIL AND POSSUM, PLANT CORN AND STRUM THE GUITAR.  OH, YES, WHEN IN CHINO I GATHERED WATERCRESS AT THE CREEK NEXT TO WHAT IS NOW THE PRADO COUNTRY CLUB.  SEVERAL PEOPLE HAVE DROWNED IN PUDDLES OF WATER WHEN THEY DRIVE PAST THE BRIDGE NEARBY TODAY DUE TO BAD WEATHER.  THEY MUST NOT KNOW THE AREA TOO WELL. DEVELOPMENT HAS RUINED THE WIDE CREEK TO ALMOST A TRICKLE.

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT NO MATTER WHAT SCHOOL I ATTENDED, I WAS ALWAYS ACTIVE IN PLAYS SINCE MY KINDERGARTEN DAYS.  WHEN I WAS ATTENDING SANGER HIGH IN SANGER, CALIFORNIA, I HEARD THAT A TRAVELING TROUPE WAS COMING INTO TOWN AND, OF COURSE, I WAS VERY INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING FOR A DANCE NUMBER. 

IT WAS MOTHER'S DAY ON A SUNDAY.  I WAS EXCITED AND JUST HAD TO TRY OUT MY TAP DANCING AT THE SANGER THEATER.   I HAD NO EXPERIENCE IN TAP DANCING UNTIL I STUDIED TAP AT THE JERRY KOSLOFF SCHOOL OF DANCING IN HOLLYWOOD MANY YEARS LATER, BUT I KNEW I COULD DO IT.  I TOOK SOME SPARKLING BLUE AND SILVER PAPER AND MADE A TIE FOR MY REGULAR WHITE GYM BLOUSE AND WORE MY BRIGHT BLUE GYM SHORTS.  THEN, I TOOK OFF TO THE LOCAL SHOE REPAIR SHOP AND HAD SOME TAPS NAILED INTO MY REGULAR WEDGE HEEL SHOES - I WAS READY!  I CHOREOGRAPHED MY OWN TAP DANCE PATTERN AND DID MY THING.  NO ONE KNEW THE DIFFERENCE SINCE I KNOW MY RHYTHM AND MUSIC.  BY THE TIME I GOT HOME FROM SCHOOL ON MONDAY, MY DAD HAD HEARD ABOUT IT FROM THE NEIGHBOR.  WE WERE  LIVING ON "J" STREET IN THE TOWN AT THAT TIME. I'LL NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED.  DAD STORMED INTO THE KITCHEN WHERE I WAS CARRYING A PAN WITH DISHWATER AS WE HAD NO KITCHEN SINK.  OUR OLD RENTAL HOME HAD BEEN BUILT  IN THE MID 1800'S.  IT WAS THERE BEFORE THE TOWN'S DEVELOPMENT.  DAD ASKED, "HAVE YOU NO SHAME?" I LOOKED AT HIM AND ASKED, "WHY?"  THEN HE EXPLAINED THAT THE WHOLE TOWN HAD SEEN ME WEARING SHORTS ON STAGE.  I SAID, "IF I WERE ASHAMED, I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN UP ON STAGE!"  HE LEFT THE ROOM TO POUT.

ANYWAY, BACK TO MY SCHOOL FRIEND CAROL.  WE GET ALONG BECAUSE SHE IS SO INTERESTING AND DOESN'T WASTE A MOMENT.  SHE EMAILED ME JUST BEFORE SHE LEFT FOR BOSTON .  SHE WAS GOING TO SEE THE FALL COLORS IN THE NORTHEAST.  WHEN SHE RETURNS, SHE WILL BE IN THE OC FOR A FEW DAYS AND THEN HEAD FOR NEW MEXICO WHERE SHE WILL MEET A FRIEND WHO RUNS AN RV CAMP THERE.  CAROL OWNS ONE OF THOSE RV CAMPING VANS AND SHE BELONGS TO A CAMPING CLUB.  I DON'T KNOW IF SHE STILL BELONGS TO THE SIERRA CLUB.   NOT ONLY DOES SHE TRAVEL IN THE USA BUT CAMPS OUT IN MEXICO FOR MONTHS.  SHE ALSO TRAVELS TO MANY COUNTRIES IN EUROPE AND ELSEWHERE.  SHE SHOWED ME A PICTURE OF HERSELF CAMPING WITH CAMELS AND ARABIAN PEOPLE AT NIGHT OUT IN THE DESERT.  BEFORE SHE SOLD HER RV RESORT PROPERTY, SHE GAVE ME A TOUR OF THE AREA AND I FELL IN LOVE WITH ITS COUNTRYSIDE.  I THEN BOUGHT MY 20-ACRE SPREAD ABOUT 10  MILES FROM THERE.  I PLAN TO FENCE THE PLACE THIS NEXT YEAR.  THE WEATHER OUT THERE IS MOSTLY ENJOYABLE IN THE SPRING AND FALL.  IT IS PERFECT FOR AN RV RESORT OR CAMPGROUND, BUT RIGHT NOW I LIKE PRIVACY.
IT IS A PLACE WHERE I CAN THINK POETRY, OTHER WRITING AND ART. I HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT BABY RATTLERS IN THE SPRING AND I REALLY DON'T LIKE DEALING WITH WILD TURKEYS, COYOTES, BOB CATS, DEER AND MOUNTAIN LIONS.  WHERE THERE ARE DEER, THERE ARE MOUNTAIN LIONS AS THEY FOLLOW THEM.  OH, WELL, AT LEAST I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT ME BEING THE FOOD.  BUT, I AM ALWAYS VIGILANT AS THERE ARE NO SET RULES. I'M SO FORTUNATE I WAS EXPOSED TO THE COUNTRY, SMALL TOWNS AND THEN THE "BIG CITY."  ONE DEVELOPS A SENSE OF DEFENSE.

WHEN CAROL RETURNS FROM BACK EAST, WE MAY GO TO LAGUNA BEACH TO MAKE RESERVATIONS FOR MY HUBBY'S SURPRISE BIRTHDAY PARTY IN MARCH OF NEXT YEAR.  HOPE THE WEATHER IS NICE AT THAT TIME OF THE YEAR AS IT HAS BEEN IN THE PAST.  DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH IT WILL COST ME, BUT I'M INQUIRING EARLY ENOUGH.   CAROL WILL ALSO BE DELIVERING FOOD TO THE ELDERLY WHEN SHE RETURNS.  SHE TALKED THE LOCAL MARKETS INTO DONATING FOOD FOR THE HOMEBOUND ELDERLY.  ISN'T THAT GREAT?  MOST OF THE PEOPLE SHE VISITS CANNOT GET TO THE STORES AT ALL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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