Photo by Salt Water New England

Friday, June 12, 2020

Do We All Turn Into Our Parents?

Photos by Salt Water New England


17 comments:

  1. If only I could be that excellent!

    ReplyDelete
  2. As I age I certainly look more and more like my father and grandfather. My likes and dislikes have always been very similar to my parents'. On balance, however, I am aware of differences, mainly in response to changing times and to having been in Texas for so long.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I should be so lucky, and so very proud!

    ReplyDelete
  4. That's a gorgeous view.

    Our parents have influenced all three of us, and we have some common characteristics, but I do not think any of us have turned into them.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I hope not. Then I would not belong to the political party or the religion I now belong to.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And if you pull up to 30,000 feet, you will probably see that you already ARE just like your parents. How do they get along with Grandma and Grandpa? The more things change ....

      Delete
  6. As I grow older, I certainly see certain attributes of my parent's personalities in myself. They may have been there all along, but I was unable (or unwilling) to see them. They may also have developed in time, as I grew older and wiser. Either way, I am eternally grateful.

    ReplyDelete
  7. No, I turned into my English grandparents. Using their lovely china, reading their books that are packed into their old bookcases, seeing their photographs every day, I not only feel deeply connected, I have imbibed their outlook and their 'chins up' attitude. There will always be an England!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Reminds me of a quote that may or may not be attributed to Mark Twain,"When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21 I was astonished at how much he had learned in 7 years..."

    ReplyDelete
  9. ! Happy Fathers Day!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm not so sure about myself but sometimes it looks like I married my mother-in-law, the looks and mannerisms are so much alike.

    ReplyDelete
  11. I think I am more like my grandfather as well. I was raised by my grandparents, and I seem to hold the same values. Also as I get older, the same interest as well.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Some of us, more likely, turn into people our parents make of us. Perhaps your parents strove to give you the education they did not receive. Perhaps they strove to ascertain their children were raised in an environment different from the one in which they were raised.
    There is no way, additionally, to replicate some experiences and the mark they leave. How could I
    “turn into” the same man who hit the beach - in Okinawa- when he was 18?

    ReplyDelete
  13. My upbringing was a emotional and physical horror behind closed doors - outwardly appearing normal but nothing could be further from reality. I do not drink, do not have children and have made sure I did not repeat the cycle, not the case with my siblings. I grew up observing and inserting myself into the normal family lives of others and am so grateful for their generosity.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good for you, Anon. You are not alone, believe me. Cheers to you!

      Delete
  14. Life is a learning experience. Parents succeed or fail. There is no manual. I have traits of multiple generations (an amateur genealogist). What I do with the life afforded me, and how I help others along the way, is all that really matters to me. I am no one's hero. I just wish to leave the world a little better for my existence.

    ReplyDelete
  15. To a degree, yes. Having reached the wrong side of 50 a few years back, it has become readily apparent that I exhibit many of the same attitudes, tastes, habits, and quirks as my mother and maternal grandparents. I'm sure it was all there before, but I was too young, immature, and focused on being 'different' to notice. Once I got with the program, went back to school, cut my hair, and became more comfortable with myself, the internal and external similarities stood out in stark relief. Thank goodness. There really isn't much I'd change at this point.

    Best Regards,

    Heinz-Ulrich

    ReplyDelete