When I was little I never dreamed that I would be living in Hanover, New Hampshire with a beautiful wife and five children. I am so thankful for everything that has happened in my life and the lessons that I have learned along the way. Growing up in Altar shaped me into the man I am today. It was there that I learned the value of hard work by working on the farm and biking around town selling empanadas. Also, I discovered how important family was and how much I desired to have a big family one day too. Lastly, in Altar I developed a love for two of my greatest passions to this day, baseball and music.
My journey to the United States was difficult because I had to leave my mother behind. On the way, I discovered how precious life is when one of the girls with us became very sick. The four of us learned the hard way that people will try to cheat you but you just have to keep trying. Finally, I remember the sense of joy and excitement that filled my body as I popped my head out from under the seat and saw the bright lights of Phoenix and the opportunity that lay ahead in this country.
Ever since then it has been a long, tough journey, and I quickly learned that the language barrier can be difficult to navigate. By only knowing Spanish it severely limits your job opportunities in the United States. Also, I never would have guessed that my mom would be the one to show me the love of my life from the window in our apartment. In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined how incredible my life with Maria would be. In Arizona, I also found out that it takes a lot of hard work to make it in America.
Now that I am in New Hampshire I now know that the joys outweigh the difficulties of raising a family. I am still very passionate about music and my kids think I am a YouTube sensation since I have over ten thousand views on one of my videos. It is funny because looking back I ended up in a tiny town (Hanover) in the middle of nowhere kind of like the town of Altar where I grew up. I want my story to be told so that my children and grandchildren can read it online in the future and be able to learn from my mistakes as well as my accomplishments. I wasn’t perfect, but I don’t except them to be either. I just want them to be able to look back and pass their story on for future generations to learn from.