Hello, Hesperia. Six years ago in October, I started my column with the Hesperia Star. There have been many changes Peter has left and now Beau. It is different without them but Sharon is still there. She is one of the finest people I know, and helpful and kind to everyone. She sure helps me.


I decided to go back a few years with some of my earlier days in Hesperia when I had teenagers at home. Oh, it wasn't easy but looking back I loved it. My kids were very involved with sports, school activities, church and their friends. Scott (now deceased) graduated from Colton High School. Shane was part of the first graduating class of Hesperia High School in 1986, Shalon graduated in 1990 and Seth in 1994.


Now Shane is a teacher at Oak Hills High School. I asked him what one of his happiest times was he said everything!


"I loved high school," Shane said. "We were all one big family and everyone got along. Our football team wasn't that good, being our first year, but if we even made 5 yards on the field the fans went crazy for us."


Shalon was sophomore class president. I'll always remember when 35 to 40 kids came to our house to decorate the homecoming float. They all brought food to share and tools to build the float. What a blast that's just one story!


Seth was into cross country, baseball and tennis. He loved to take two lunches and then I would get the "phone call." He would lose his Mustang keys for a few days (again and again). What an interesting year Seth gave us. After school he joined the Army and has made it a career. He's now with the military police, and was just promoted to captain. In a few weeks he'll be back at Fort Leonard Wood after being in Afghanistan for a year.


My column is for all of the youth out there, and parents too. We all have choices to make. Choose your friends carefully; get involved with activities and if you like sports, go for it. Be a volunteer the rewards are ten-fold. Keep up your grades! You can be anything you want to be.


I've been hearing a lot about bullies. If you're having a problem with bullying or feeling lost or unhappy, please, go to someone you can trust. There are people out there for you school counselors, teachers, parents, or even a police officer or fireman that you might know. I cannot stress enough to pick your friends carefully!


I don't understand why people want to bully and intimidate. Maybe they are unhappy and insecure. There are even adults who bully other adults.


I love the youth and with seven grandchildren, my thoughts are about them growing up. I love them with all my heart and want the best for them and their parents too!


May you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and remember: enjoy life, and love and care as much as you can. Be kind to each other!


Love, Charlene