By Kristine Thomas
Growing up, some kids are fascinated by airplanes, sharks or sports. Others perhaps, books, dolls or bikes.
Not Paul’la Allen.
She was irresistibly drawn to chestnuts.
Her childhood home was in the southwest hills of Portland, near a dairy. And in the field where the cows grazed were two large chestnut trees.
Even as the cows nudged her, she would gather chestnuts. She recalls filling two paper bags with chestnuts and bringing them home to her mother.