I am going to talk about my upbringing today. Not how I was raised, but what I was raised on. One of my earliest memories growing up is sitting on the couch in my parents’ basement in Baltimore City. I was raised playing Nintendo…the original one, before N64. I remember distinctly sitting with my dad in the basement of what my family refers to as “The Little Blue House” playing Super Mario 3. I would usually kick my dad’s butt…although in hindsight, that’s probably because he let me. My mom used to work late for Verizon, and my dad and I would spend our night playing Battleship waiting for mom to get home. Again, I usually wound up winning. Ah, to be young…

Music also played a huge influence and huge part of my childhood. I used to listen to Raffi growing up and still to this day have a soft spot for him. Raffi is all kids’ music, known for songs like Down By The Bay and Baby Beluga, but that was my childhood…dancing around to my heart’s desire to Raffi. My cousin has kids aged 2 and 3 ½ now, and I have to say…I could NOT be happier to relive my youth by playing the songs I grew up listening to for them.

My mom and I used to dance to the theme song from Beauty and the Beast when I was a kid. I still get nostalgic thinking about that. “Tale as old as time…” Disney movies have always had a special place in my heart and Beauty and the Beast is probably the one that makes me most nostalgic.
I want to hear from you. What was your childhood like? What did you grow up with and listening to? Thanks for reading!


Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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