National Geographic : 1996 Aug
"The family is the key to every thing for us," says Felipe Gon zalez (right, at far left), who helps his daughter Ver6nica Aurora with homework on a Sunday afternoon during half time of a football game broad cast from the U.S. Felipe's wife, Virginia, reads the paper, waiting with daughter M6nica Andrea and son Felipe Angel for play to resume. Busy lawyers, Felipe and Vir ginia still find time to come home at midday to share la comida, the main meal, with their children. "We don't change that for anything, no matter what happens at the office," Felipe says. "If the family disintegrates, the whole country will fall apart." Both of the Gonzalezes grew up in big, struggling families typical of many in Monterrey. "But all of us went to college and have professional careers," says Virginia. "We've gotten ahead, and we want that for our children too." Yet the job market is chang ing along with Mexico itself. "In our day a degree was a big advantage," says Felipe. "Now everybody has one, so you have to do more, speak several languages, get special train ing." Neither he nor his wife speaks English, but all their children do. The oldest two also take French lessons. Already working on a busi ness degree, Felipe Angel plans to study abroad in the future. "I want to see some thing of the world," he says. "But I'll come back here to set tle down. I love this city."