About the Author
Hello, my name is Miguel Mata.
I grew up in the west Texas town of Big Spring. It's a place known mostly for its hot and dry climate, constantly running oil pumps, and bad drinking water.
Not much happens in Big Spring, but life was good. Simple. Things would get a little complicated, however. Because as a teenager, only sixteen, I would "check the box" for "teenage father."
Initially, I ran from my responsibility. My girlfriend at the time, Vanessa, and I would go our separate ways. Me to return to my boyish follies, and her to raise our child with the help of her parents.
After a couple of years, though, and as fate would have it, our paths would cross again. We rekindled our relationship, and I would shortly thereafter come to realize that my purpose in life was to be a there for her and our daughter. Who, at the time, was getting ready to turn two years old.
Vanessa and I got married in December of 1996, and in the summer of the following year, I enlisted into the U.S. Air Force.
While in the military, we had three more children, all boys, all of which would be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As one might guess, raising three children with Autism can offer exceptionally difficult challenges, but we would not have it any other way. All of our children are amazing kids, and they have taught us, so much! We love them unconditionally.
In June of 2017 we retired from the military, and I immediately enrolled into college to pursue a degree in teaching. Becoming a teacher has been a goal of since I was young. Hopefully, in the next few years, I'll be able to see myself reaching that goal.
My passion for teaching parallels my reason for starting this blog. That is to make the kind of positive impact on the people I encounter, and hopefully inspire positive change in my corner of the world. I feel strongly, that if I can accomplish that goal, then the potential exists for it to make a greater impact in the "bigger picture." To be the one small flame that could possibly provide warmth and light for the rest of the world.