A native Californian, I have lived in Escondido for over 30 years. My wife and I have 3 sons who have finally, and thankfully, grown up and are off the payroll. Of course, during the time we were raising them we spent many years at soccer, lacrosse and Little League fields, Christmas pageants, school assemblies and urgent care clinics. Now we are enjoying our grandchildren. Grandchildren, by the way, are much better than children for the simple reason they go home.