Face/Off, Grandma Style

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As moms, we’ve all experienced this phenomenon at one point or another – your kid does or says something, well, kid-like  and you respond with some old chestnut that you’ve heard  pop out of your mom’s mouth a million times – you might even look around to see if you could possibly be channeling her energy somehow because there’s absolutely no way you could’ve just said that, right?  Yep, it’s happened to all of us.

And I can live with that.  I can even live with the fact that, sometimes, some of that stuff actually makes sense to me now, and eventually my kid will probably experience this special joy with his own children. It’s the circle of life.

But now, not only am I channeling my mom’s words, apparently she’s broken out all over my face.

Although I bear a strong resemblance to my mom (again, something I see now, not when I was a kid. As a 15-year-old the last thing I wanted to hear was that I looked exactly like my mom!), I’ve always felt that I had my own unique look, not a replica but more of a mix of features that added up to a new edition in the family library, not necessarily a reprint.

Well, my son dispelled that theory recently while we were looking through some family photos. He turned to me and let me know in no uncertain terms:

“Mom, you look exactly like grandma, not grandma now, but a younger version of grandma. Like maybe when she was fifty.” (Full disclosure, I will be fifty this year).  And did he just say I look fifty?  At that moment I was over the part about looking like grandma and choking over the part about looking fifty.

I then imparted another old chestnut that will serve him well as he gets older: never talk about a woman’s age.  He doesn’t get it quite yet, but at thirteen, I don’t expect him to. The same way our mother’s words sometimes leap out of our mouths today, he’ll understand it later.

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You don’t know these folks, but can you spot the resemblance?  Let me know in the comments!



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19 thoughts on “Face/Off, Grandma Style

  1. Read somewhere that we woman look and behave like our moms as we get older.
    I rebel against it but it seems to hold true!

  2. I was at a family reunion a few months ago and one of my cousins came up to me and said, loudly, “I would know you anywhere! You look just like your mom!” Which sent me in a froth to the family album. And you know what? He was right.
    It’s a good thing.
    The resemblance between the woman in the bottom picture and one, or both of the younger women in the top picture is amazing! Except for hair, they could be the same person. There. I said it! :)

    • You got it! The woman in the bottom picture is me, and the woman on the left in the top picture is my mom. The younger woman on the right in the top picture is her sister, my aunt. The genes tell the story! Thanks for stopping by! :)

  3. Oh YeAh I see it! And your son is your spitting image. =) I know exactly what you mean. Growing up I heard I looked absolutely nothing like my mom, that I was the carbon copy of Dad. Then one weird day somewhere around college I became her twin. I moved like her, talked her, looked just like her. Everyone was shocked – all those people who were suddenly seeing it.

    Lovely post. =)

    • Thank you! And you’re right about my son, right now he is a carbon copy of me. His dad is always looking for some resemblance to him – maybe what happened to you as you got older will happen to him!

      Thanks for stopping by!

      • Do tell your husband that yes, there is great hope. =) And kids change so much through the seasons and years, their face literally taking on different impressions. Thx for the follow.


  4. I’m right there with you – 45, and seeing more and more of my mom as I get older. Not a bad thing at all!
    I’m visiting you from Click and Chat. I’ve enjoyed visiting your blog.

  5. You look a lot like your mom, and your son is beautiful. I am shocked when words come out of my mouth that my mom said…how is that so imprinted in our minds ? I can’t remember what i did three days ago, but those sayings I never forget….

    • Thank you for your kind words! Yes, that stuff is really seared into our brains, I try to be mindful of what I say/how I speak to my son, but I’m sure in time the same stuff is going to pop out of his mouth too!

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