About the Author
Hello, my name is Miguel Mata.
The small West Texas town of Big Spring where I grew up was a place known mostly for its hot and dry climate, constantly running oil pumps, and bad drinking water.
Big Spring life was, to put it mildly, simple. To put it not so mildly, at least for me, boring.
As fate would have it, however, life would get real exciting and much more complex pretty quick. Because at the tender age of sixteen, I would "check the box" for "teenage father" when I got my girlfriend, at the time, Vanessa, pregnant.
Initially, I ran from my responsibility and Vanessa and I would go our separate ways. I would return to my boyish follies, and she was left to raise our child with the help of her parents.
After a couple of years, fate would step in once more, and Vanessa and my path would cross again.
We rekindled the spark in our relationship, and I would come to actually realize something that changed both our lives forever. Vanessa was my person and our daughter needed the both of us.
Vanessa and I got married in December of 1996, and in the summer 1997, I enlisted into the United States Air Force.
While in the military, we explored the rest of the country and parts of the world making stops in Southern California, Okinawa, Japan, North Dakota, New Mexico, and South Carolina where we finally retired in 2017.
We had three more children, all boys, and all of which would be diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Raising three children with Autism have offered some 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.
Shortly after retirement I enrolled into the College of Charleston at Charleston, South Carolina to try and complete a degree in Elementary Education with the intent of becoming a school teacher. Teaching has been a goal of mine since I was young and 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 which is to make a 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.