My Parents marriage ended in the late 1940s. My Mother had finally had enough and decided to move on in her life. Located in the Arroyo Seco neighborhood in Pasadena, California is Brookside Park. It is a huge beautiful park, with a golf course, a community pool, tennis courts and the Rose Bowl Stadium. During World War II, Brookside Park had temporary housing for the Japanese before they were moved on to internment camps. After World War II, there was a housing shortage. Many service men who had spent time serving in California fell in love with the area. The mild warm weather year around and the beauthiful landscape was a magnet to thousands of servicemen and their new brides. With all the new families settling in the Los Angeles area, housing became a problem. Brookside Park reopened the temporary housing. My Mother, now on her own, applied for and received permission to live in the Brookside Park housing. They were small apartment like dwellings with no indoor showers or toilets. The bathroom fixtures were outside of the apartments, similar to an outhouse. The showers were a little hut with a wooden floor and a shower. If it was cold outside, you would freeze as you ran from either the shower or toilet to your apartment. The positive part of living in Brookside Park was the beautiful setting and the great playground right at our door. I began making friends, and decided I was going to be a hairstylist, so cut off all of my new friends hair. That was the end of that friendship!