Carl Love: Family vacation shows the circle of life, from Mexico to southwest Riverside County
By Carl Love
From the earth to the sun, life often moves in circles.
Which brings me to my family and the historic Gran Hotel in Mexico City.
It’s where my wife, Joanne, and I began our honeymoon 30 years ago — and where we had lunch this past holiday season with our grown-and-gone kids, Julia and David, coming full circle.
What happened in between was southwest Riverside County.
We moved to Murrieta on the last day of 1988. Joanne was five months pregnant with our daughter. The small community itself wasn’t a city, but was about to take off, just like Julia.
Today, Murrieta has a population of about 110,000. It’s a full-grown community, just like the other southwest Riverside County cities. Julia is 28 and working as a journalist in Mexico City. David is 25 and in Nepal volunteering to rebuild a school after a big earthquake, taking a gap year from his accounting career.
The Love family attended Mass at Parroquia de San Miguel Arcangel in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, during a recent vacation. Photo courtesy of Carl Love, contributing photographer
How did both my kids end up being world travelers?
Obviously, their parents had something to do with it. By the time I was 16, I’d already spent seven years in Germany and India, traveling around the world as an Army brat. Joanne, too, has circled the globe, travelling to India alone six times.
Yet we parked our kids at home, in part because we couldn’t afford such travels due to my journalism and teaching careers (neither of which are noted for their pay). Joanne was a full-time mom and, later, a part-time teacher. We had two kids and three dogs that acted like anchors on any global trekking and provided plenty of adventures of their own.
Then there was the community in which we lived.