An old pair of "genes"

posted May 9, 2012, 6:01 PM by Beryl Reid   [ updated Jun 13, 2014, 5:42 PM ]
Sorry for the pun. I hate puns, but this one was hard to pass on..

It's amazing to me as I look at old photos of family... to see my eyes staring back at me sometimes. My mother and I have the same eyes. I have the exact same body type as my grandmother. My gr grandmother looks just like my mother... it happens again and again. 

My sister Becky's son, Robbie, ( to me ) looks just like my father in his picture. ( second from left in header photo above - he was 15 in this picture. Compare the two below. My father never had the chance to meet Robbie, he died before he was born. But Robbie sees my father when he looks in his mirror, whether he realizes it or not. The funny thing is.. Robbie also looks just like his father and paternal grandfather... completely different genes. So we really are where and who we come from.. literally and physically. 

Robbie with a self portrait. Robbie with his dad, grandfather and uncle...

I am still always amazed when these glimmers of our parents, and their parents appear in our children.