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October 1989—Nintendo was new, money was tight, and we couldn't afford the game! Got creative and brought the game to life. My active 4-year-old loved it; the baby just rode along! I used clothes we had for Mario and Luigi—cute and simple, my fave of all time! I'm fun-spirited and silly, even from the beginning. I didn't know how important it would be…no idea what a parenting ride I was embarking on.

See, my oldest has ADHD and my youngest has autism, both diagnosed a few years after this photo. They are 23 and 20 now. I had forgotten the simplicity of how it all began. The photo made me reflect. It speaks volumes—working with what you have, allowing a sense of humor is key too. My kids are different and silly. I embrace and celebrate it; never fought it. They are who they are now—silly, accepted and loved unconditionally.

— Geri; Arlington, Texas
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