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Like Father, Like Son

by Ann Eklund

Have you said something or done something and then realized, “Oh, this is just like my dad or mom!”?

I’m guessing many of us have had this experience. It seems that as we all become older, we begin to see the similarities between parents and children on different levels. The physical traits are often the most obvious with the hair color or skin color or a genetic link to a specific disease. The environmental influences are more difficult to discern. Where did that fiery personality come from? Or what about that tendency to be more introverted?  Why do I like pancakes dripping with butter?  Or why do I detest raw oysters? All of our human “being-ness” comes from somewhere. Are these physical and personality traits “just who we are?”

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