I grew up surrounded by fields of cotton in the Central Valley farming community of Kettleman City with four brothers, two sisters, and parents (along with a yard full of chickens) who loved me very much. My mom and dad worked hard every day so that I could go to school, stay healthy, and live in a peaceful town. Humble, but universal, aspirations. After having the opportunity to live abroad for a number of years I discovered that parents all over the world want these things for their children - education, healthcare and a world without bombs and war. Traveling helps me appreciate that I live in a country of abundance and opportunity.