I grew up in idllyic suburb of LA, the town of Whittier. My Grandpa owned the liquor store, my grandparents were card playing buddies who were from Kansas and went to the same Catholic church. My parents grew up knowing each other and everyone just kind of knows everyone in Whittier.
My little elementary school Scott ave is where I met some of my favorite fellow ”townies” as my cousin Andy calls Whittierites. My childhood best friend was Christena, she is your classic townie and knows everyone. My parents and I eventually moved outside of Whitter, but our family stayed.
My parents divorced and Whittier became my place during my Dad’s weekend visitations. On Friday nights, we would get Little Ceasars pizza and watch TGIF with my aunts, cousins, grandparents and uncles. Such great family memories around the tv on Friday nights.
Every weekend, my cousins and I would walk to Whittwood mall to hang out or I would walk there to meet Christena or walk to her house. Christena and I had many fun weekend adventures. One week she called me in high school in 1991, would my Dad drive us to LA to attend a taping of Full House? She knew Andrea, who played Kimmy Gibbler. So one Friday night, my Dad, Andrea’s Dad, Christena and I set out from Whittier to Burbank. I first met my friend Andrea on the set of Full House, she showed us around and we saw a taping. Such a fun memory and one of my favorite teenage memories.
Full House has great childhood memories for me as it does many people. Later in 1996 while working at Disneyland with my friends April and Becky, I read an article about Candace Cameron getting married at 19 just like myself. Eventually that led me to her website and forums. I found a prayer thread and wondered, ”who prays for these prayer requests?” and kind of made it my job to make sure the Full House fans prayers were being prayed. That led to me meeting a girl Stacy, a fellow Christian on the board and we eventually asked Candace if we could led bible studies on her board. I ended up meeting so many Full House fans who became friends along the way and helping Gemma from Australia manage the forums on the site.
I reconnected with Andrea online, where we realized, we know so many of the same people. Andrea is a townie just like Christena and I, our families are connected six ways to Sunday. Her brother was my grandparents lawyer, the above mentioned April is her friend now too, etc. It’s kind of comical really, the amount of people we know in common. Plus, I now had a Full House connection of my own, knowing so many of the Full House super fans who eventually became friends.
I have met so many people through Full House, in some roundabout way. Andrea once said, the Full House world is a small world. Last night, my high school friend Ruben, tagged me in a picture on Instagram about Full House. It was a post by my friend Lori, who I met on Twitter via Andrea, who introduced me to too many people to count. Later, my friend Fannette in France comments on the same picture that she follows Lori too. I just laughed, that is how small this world is!
It has been an emotional week, seeing something go from a idea to reality has been amazing. To see your friends succeed is wonderful and to see people outside of your circle talking about something so important to you is amazing. I am so thankful for growing up in a wonderful town that brought so many wonderful people into my life.
PS Catch Fuller House on Netflix, its amazing. My favorite episode is six, filmed on my birthday and is Gibblermania:)