Family Matching

by S&M

Who in your family looks like who? What do you think is nature, and what’s likely nurture? 

People have remarked since my son was little that he looks like me, particularly in the way he moves. Now that he’s full-sized and near final form, we see that his legs are built very much like mine, with strong quads and calves. His stance is often similar to my dad’s, and to my sister’s son. We move in very similar ways and have similar facial expressions. He has his father’s eye sockets and “allergic circles” under his eyes from my side of the family, poor kid!

When I was growing up, strangers occasionally asked me “are you Dr X’s little girl?” Yes, I was, spit & image. My older sister looked like our mom. The youngest didn’t look like anyone, but these days she looks like our mother. My sisters, parents and I all have pale blue eyes with freckles on the irises; the next generation all has brown eyes.

What about you and your family?

Editorial addition:

Since a fairly large number of Totebaggers have immediate family groups related by law, custom, or adoption, as well as by blood, please also reflect on family traits that are shared despite a lack of genetic connection.

67 thoughts on “Family Matching

  1. Oh this is easy. DS1 looks like me – a lot – but was named after DH. As a newborn, others thought he looked more like DH at the time; I was on painkillers so went along. What’s interesting to me is looking at DS2 and finding out how he is like me. He has a couple of my personality traits but then amazes me by how different he is. Likewise, although DS1 looks like me and we do share some personality traits, it’s fun teasing out how he is like DH or different than me.

  2. I am short and DH is average for a guy. My kids are the same height as my DH. If I were taller, they would be taller. However, they got my family’s genes in terms of even mental keels (no temper, no drama, good mental health) and healthy bodies (no arthritis that has crippled DH and FIL). I think it was an “even trade” : )

  3. Hands down I look like mom, who looked like her mom, and DD1 is a spitting image of me. When I was a little girl I thought it was normal for all daughters to look like their moms and sons to look like their fathers. That is how it worked in my family…until now. DD2 looks more like DH, but she got my short stature and athletic ability.

    People will often comment how much DD1 looks like me. She has a medical condition and there are facial traits she has that are signs she has chromosomal abnormalities, but my genes must be so strong that they override most of the traits.

  4. My brothers, our kids, our cousins, our second cousins are all clearly identifiable as descendants of our great grandfather. We don’t have pictures further back, so who knows. The family facial structure genes beat out race…the half African kid looks like my daughter with darker hair and skin….they could clearly be sisters. Or my daughter looks like a bleached version of her second cousin.

    Facebook’s facial recognition software can’t tell the difference between my kids and me, and I have a son.

    The family also has a manner of being which is somewhat risk averse and cheerful about it. The adopted cousins also have this aspect.

  5. My sister and I are 2.5 years apart, and were asked our whole lives if we were twins. In high school someone was looking through my pictures in my wallet and asked why I carried a pic of myself. My kids don’t really look like me. DH’s family thinks DS is an exact relics of him but with red hair. I don’t see it, but since I didn’t know him then I’ll take their word for it. DD looks a little more like me but with DH’s hair coloring. So I guess both kids a mix of each of us. Luckily for DS, he got a little recessive height gene from my side.

    The other family trait shared is sense of humor/story-telling style. We grew up across the country and saw cousins once a year, but as adults I find that everyone still very much shares the same sense of humor.

    Mannerisms are not something I ever considered to be hereditary, but sometimes when DS is telling a story it takes my breath away how much he reminds me of my brother. It isn’t big things, just the cadences and timing and the way he gestures, etc. but it is uncanny. They have not spent more than 3-4 days in the same city in most years, so this is not from any influence my brother has exerted.

  6. I come from a family of brown-haired Greeks. Imagine my surprise when I produced two children with light blond hair. Many of the Greeks on my side of the family are very fair-skined, so maybe there were recessive blond genes somewhere in there that got expressed in my kids’ generation. DH was very blond as a kid. Generally the kids look more like him than like me, although DD definitely inherited my height (or lack thereof) and body type.

    In terms of temperament, DS is like me — somewhat quiet, somewhat serious, keeps his feelings largely to himself. DD is like DH — very strong personalities who just lay it all out there.

    My brother and I look nothing alike. He is tall and lean, olive skin, hazel eyes. I am short and round, vampire-pale skin, blue eyes. I don’t think you’d guess we were related if you didn’t know. My own kids, by contrast, are very identifiable as siblings.

  7. To Kerri’s point, I will say I find DS a little easier to parent because he is wired like me. I know how he will react/rebel and how to work with that personality. I had to spend years learning that with DD. And as I’ve mentioned many times, both kids have learning differences (dyslexia, dysgraphia, and related anxiety) which were completely unknown to me which made me a pretty ineffective parent/advocate in lots of school aspects for years, which now must be rehashed at 3:30am for, apparently, posterity.

  8. Man I’m a bad writer today. Those things were completely unfamiliar to me. My poor handling of them is what I rehash.

  9. Our kids have changed over time. DD has DH’s coloring, and DS has mine, so when they were young, that’s what you saw first (although my mom always said DD looked like me, but she’s biased). But DS also had DH’s sort of “square” build, and he also definitely had DH’s puttering/”busy” attitude, so all the rest of the relatives called him DH’s mini-me.

    Now that they’re teens, DD looks and acts very much like me, although she’s the one with DH’s temper. She also went from skinny as a stick as a kid into into a feminine version of her dad’s build, so very much both of us. DS, meanwhile, still looks a lot like DH but now has some of my dad’s taller-and-skinnier mixed in there. And his personality is much more like mine as a kid, although mellower (DD is basically me on uppers, while DS is me on quaaludes). But who DS really looks like is my dad — there have been times I’ve seen pics of my dad as a kid or teen and immediately thought “now when did we take that pic of DS?” Not quite the same build (my dad was a total stringbean until he grew shoulders), but the facial features in particular are striking when you take hair/clothes/glasses out of the equation.

    Basically, I think to outsiders, my kids look/act like whichever parent they’re with at the time.

  10. When DS1 was little he had the exact same expressions as my brother – whom I do not get along well with. (I’m a mix of my sibling/ parents and don’t look much like anyone in my family.) It was uncanny and unnerving. I realized I was reacting to DS1 like I do my brother which was very unfair to DS1. I quickly changed my approach.

    We’ve often had people not realize the boys are brothers, much less twins, they’re that different in appearance. If you look at their facial features closely you can see some similarities but those similarities don’t jump out at you.

  11. “I come from a family of brown-haired Greeks. Imagine my surprise when I produced two children with light blond hair.”

    Right there with you. DH’s entire family looks like they just arrived from centuries in the Mediterranean. I swear, DH looks too hard at the sun and his skin turns three shades darker. DD is exactly the same way. I had resigned myself to maybe having a grandkid or great-grandkid with my blue eyes. So imagine my surprise when I gave birth to a cherub with blond curls and blue eyes.

    My mom had an interesting experience maybe 30 years ago or so, though she just told me about it recently. She was adopted, and she knew the hospital she was born at (Kansas City, maybe?), but that’s all. At one point, she and my stepdad were in that city, for a conference or something, and they stopped in a diner for lunch. They both couldn’t stop staring at their waitress, because she looked familiar but they couldn’t figure out where they’d have met her before. After a while, my stepdad realized: the waitress looked and acted like my mom — some things were different, but posture, mannerisms, etc. were all the same. Then they saw the same things in the other people working in that restaurant. And they realized that all those people were probably in some way related to the girl who had given my mom up for adoption.

  12. My weirdest genetic quirk is that I don’t have any wisdom teeth. It’s not that they never came in, it’s that they simply don’t exist in my jaw. I got that trait from my Dad. I was hoping that I would pass it on to the kids to save them (and me) the trouble of having to get their wisdom teeth out, but nope, both of them have a full set (like my DH).

  13. “They both couldn’t stop staring at their waitress, because she looked familiar but they couldn’t figure out where they’d have met her before.”

    A good friend of mine was adopted. He knew his birth mother, and after college she became a regular part of his family. His birth father was basically unknown (maybe know the name) and quickly out of the picture when the pregnancy was discovered. About 10 years ago he was walking in the lobby of a downtown office building and a women approached him and said he looked and walked just like her brother. They got talking, and sure enough, she was his half-sister. I guess they knew there was a brother out there, but never had a name or sense that he still lived in the area.

  14. Quick aside. DD and I are going to visit Oregon State this weekend. For those familiar with the area, any recommendations for restaurants or things to do/see? We’re only going to be there for a day and a half.

  15. I was a bald baby and I had 3 bald babies! We didn’t cut #1’s hair until she was over 2. The kids were all pretty blond as babies (DH was also very blond until age 10 or so) but #3 was the only one who kept it for years – she is now dirty blond but still gives the impression of being blond. #1 and #3 have more of my complexion (I have warm toned skin and get tan first) but #2 has DH’s super blue veins and pale skin. #3 looks the most like me (and she sings all the time which is also just like I was as a kid), while #1 and #2 are more of a mix of me and DH. #1 has DH’s artistic talent and #2 has his fast twitch muscle fibers. So far their growth has been between me and DH, which is nice because I had my big growth spurt very early (10) and DH grew late (18-19).

  16. DS2 has my mannerisms, which drive me nuts. He and I are very private people, who don’t like celebrating our birthdays, big parties and other to-do’s calling attention to our accomplishments, or getting presents, in general. We understand each other, which is nice when living with extrovert DH and DS1.

  17. DH met all of my cousins at my paternal grandmother’s funeral. He commented that all of us had the same forehead/eyes except for two cousins. I told him that those two cousins were adopted. My siblings and I have a lot of the same features, but I look most like my brother. As a little kid, I used to get upset when people told me I looked like my brother because I didn’t want to be a boy.

    DS1 looks more like DH in the face and has my dad’s build. DS2 looks more like me in the face and has DH’s build. Both boys have my very pale coloring but tan like DH. I’m curious to see how tall they will get. DH is almost 6’1, but he is the tallest in his family. I’m 5’8, but I am the shortest in my family. DH thinks the kids will be taller than him, but I think they’ll be around 5’11.

  18. My kids are all very talented at the visual arts. I originally thought it was an inherited trait, since my mother was an artist and art teacher, and myself and my sibs were all good at drawing and painting as kids/teens. My father could only do stick figures and my DH is pretty similar in lack of artistic talent. However, DD, who has no genetic connection, is just as good as her brothers. All three of them love expressing themselves visually – DS1 is rarely to be seen without a sketchbook and is on the board of his college art club, DS2 did AP Art and won one of those regional Scholastic art awards for his portfolio, and DD draws and paints constantly. So that blows my “inheriting art ability” theory. Perhaps it is early environment – my mother made sure we kids had paper and tons of art supplies from toddlerhood on, and often worked with us on projects, and I think I did some similar things when mine were little. And of course, sibs encourage sibs. Who knows?

  19. DS1 clearly has a genetic link to my sister – his type of ADHD is exactly the same as hers. They are both spaced out in very similar ways, and his elementary and middle school screwups were identical to hers. It is a less common type of ADHD so it is noticeable. The big difference is that he got treated and supported and she did not. It led to a big difference in outcomes.
    They also have exactly the same hair – lots of blondish brown waves. And the both twirl their hair in their fingers in exactly the same way, and both did it from babyhood on. That little tic has to be genetic because it appeared so early. To this day, both of them still do it.

  20. DD: My BIL (current student, older/non-traditional) recommends Block 15, Sky High Brewing, American dream pizza (the best pizza around), and Bovine (fantastic burgers). For something active, Mary’s peak is close and the highest peak in the coast range with awesome views; McDonald Forest and Peavey Arboretum are great places to hike.

    SSM’s DD might have a different perspective. :-)

  21. Mooshi, interesting about the visual art talent. I often wonder if artistic talent has some genetic link or not. I’m only medicore, which is medium of my parent’s abilities, but love art. DH is very talented. We have always provided loads of materials and encouragement, yet our kids are not very good or interested. DD1’s lack of ability makes sense based on what I know about her medical…but DD2, she rarely uses anything other than #2 pencil. Last year they “published” a book of their own creation. All the pictures were in pencil, including one that was just a swirl. I asked what it was and she told me it was a snowstorm.

    Just last weekend I found a box of 64 crayons deep in her closet that have never been used. All the crayons in perfect condition. I also have 24 colored pencils from last school year that have never been used.

  22. I have zero artistic talent, and do believe it is a heritable trait. Perhaps MM, your DD, while adopted, has similar artistic genes, and it’s just a stroke of good karma that she landed in a family that encourages it.

    DS1 resembles DH, but personality wise is a blend of the two of us. DS2 looks a bit more like me, and mentally I’m afraid is closest to my dad. He’s honestly nothing like the rest of us (school was very challenging and he didn’t go to college – with my blessing). He does have a very strong work ethic, and that will get him by, but he can be difficult to be around. I am a better person having raised him, because I’m so much less judgmental about any number of things, including the limits of parental influence and responsibility and exactly how bootstrapping might not be the answer for everybody in America.

  23. “I am a better person having raised him, because I’m so much less judgmental about any number of things, including the limits of parental influence and responsibility and exactly how bootstrapping might not be the answer for everybody in America.”

    Sunshine — I find parenting to be an ongoing lesson in humility.

  24. DS looks like many of the boys in DH’s family. They tend to have good hair and were born with a full head of hair. There is a strong tendency to things mechanical on both sides, DS has inherited those genes. DD also has good hair. She has artistic talent from my side of the family.

    In temperament both my kids are their own people. They are much calmer than the rest of the family. They tend to have interests that keep them busy and also have friends, they talk to quite a bit. They seem to have much less angst than I did at their ages.

  25. Lemon Tree – I was surprised to see DD draw. It wasn’t apparent very early on but by the 3rd grade, I knew I wasn’t producing original drawing like she was doing at the same age. I could copy and draw decently but I couldn’t really think up a picture and produce a finished product.

  26. DD, I concur with Peavey or McDonald Forest for a short hike, will note that Mary’s Peak is snow covered and you need a snow park pass right now, and Bald Hill (hike) is a long walk or short drive from campus. If you’re driving down from PDX, I recommend Silver Creek Falls State Park, which has many impressive waterfalls during the winter but would take ~3-4 hours of extra travel/hiking. If coming from Eugene, Alsea Falls is not far out of the way.

    I think the restaurants minca listed are open for takeout and don’t know the outdoor seating situation at them.

  27. My DD’s have their my paternal grandmother’s front teeth anomaly, as do I. When you get permanent teeth, they have ridges. Most peoples wear down in a few years, but with the anomaly they do not. My grandmother died with her ridges. Mine and the DD’s were filed down during the braces phases of life. On the funny side, the orthodontist was surprised by this.

    DD#1 more so than DD#2 have my mothers toes. All three of us have pinky toes that are slightly rotated, but DD#1 has several other characteristics. DD#2 got her dad’s long thick eyelashes, finger and toe nail shapes, face shape and eyes. DD#1 and I share my mother’s eye color, finger nail shape and that they grow like weeds and are hard. As I age, I am seeing my hands look more like my mother’s.

    DD#1 looks like me, so much so that a childhood friend has mentioned several times that she had to do a double take when I posted pictures to determine if it was DD#1 or an ancient one of me.

    I do not look much like my mom, a lot of my paternal grandmother thrown in, but I don’t really look like her either. I have a cousin that looks way more like my mother than I ever did. In fact we have picture of my mom graduating college and when my cousin was that age, you’d have thought is was a picture of her dressed-up in a different era of clothes. I have a different cousin that looks just like our shared grandmother.

  28. I look a lot like my mom and her sisters who look a lot like their mom. I don’t think anyone would ever question I was related to any of them. In fact, people have thought my mom’s older sister was my mom and that her much younger sister was my sister.

    I don’t know who DS looks like – mostly DH I think but he’s got some of my dad & brother too. Thank goodness, he inherited DH’s athletic ability. I’m not awful, but I am of very average ability & both of them are really coordinated, fast, and easy to pick up new sports. His personality is a weird amalgam of all 4 of his grandparents, but not really all that close to me & DH. It’s very weird. We see our parents in him SO clearly – interests, quirks, everything.

  29. I look like my mom and aunt. DH looks like his maternal grandfather. Though, from certain angles, he looks exactly like his oldest brother. DS1 looked like my dad as an infant, now like DH. DS2 looks more like me still. But he has DH’s ears that stick out a bit. The boys are a bit strange… DS1 is built like me, with DH’s eye color. DS2 is built like DH with my eye color. It’s like the switched key features.

    We were all blond haired as littles; DH and I have darker hair now; both boys are still fairly blond. We all have blue eyes, but different shades and combinations. My eyes are blue, ringed by navy blue. DH has a lighter blue (almost sky) with yellow flecks in them. Genetics are weird. :)

  30. Thanks WCE. We’re flying in/out of PDX. Anything indoors we should see, or are things still shut down?

  31. My funny story is that years ago DD2 then 18, me late 40s, went down to Philly for some family event. I hadn’t been down for a while. A large group was in the back yard. My cousin Mickey, about 15 years my senior, walked up to DD, kissed her, said Meme you look fabulous. Much hilarity.

  32. DD, things are still shut down. If you need something while you’re here, Fred Meyer is the big box store by campus. Perhaps bring water bottles- not sure if drinking fountains on campus are operational.

  33. What a fun topic! –

    I am basically the redheaded stepchild among my siblings – you might pick them out of a crowd as sibs but you’d probably not link me to them. But each of my brothers has a daughter you might think was mine. It is interesting how traits pop up in different generations. We have noted for years that DS1 walks with a little swagger identical to DH’s dad, who died before DS1 was born so we know it isn’t a learned thing. Everyone says DS2 looks just like DH. DS3 looks much like his brothers but not much like his parents, if that makes any sense. Only one of the kids got DH’s terrible eyesight, and two of them are cursed with my “burn after15 minutes in the sun” complexion.

  34. Also, my sister and I look like my mom. My sister is built more like her. My mom was only 18 when she had me, and we’re all three blonde (all with some level of assistance, but all would still be blonde – just a bit darker or with more gray) which I think contributes to the fact that many often said we look like we could be sisters. That seems to have slowed down as my mother turned 60 and I swear her skin started fast forwarding though aging. I really hope that doesn’t happen to me, and that recognition is why I’ve started doing more things like a laser treatment earlier this year. We are all quite fair, freckled and blue-eyed. My boys were blonde when small but as they grew up their hair darkened more like DH’s.

  35. My kids started to develop certain intolerances as they reached puberty. Prior to that there were no issues. DH’s family never acknowledged intolerances but I was to find out certain intolerances ran in their family. In the prior years, my MIL pinned my niece and nephew’s severe allergies on my SIL’s family, glossing over the fact that her own family just avoided certain foods.

  36. Sunshine – my DD who has dark hair, is following the color changes of her various friends blonde hair with interest, what shade was it in kindergarten, what is it now, what is it likely to be in the future. Does the hair need color assistance. I am amused by it because all my friends had the same black hair, the most it could be lightened with at home was with henna.

  37. NoB, my DS has no wisdom teeth. I had never heard of that before. Both DH and I had them so I don’t know where this came from, but delighted it popped up in the gene pool!

    My DD shared a lot of physical traits with my grandmother, so it’s interesting what lurks in the recessive genes. She had the gap in the front teeth before braces, and didn’t break 5 foot until college, although my grandmother never quite did. Among all my cousins, those who married spouses who were blond when they were young all had redheads.

  38. My brothers and I all have at least one blonde child. Half of the kid generation is blonde. We have no other blonde blood relatives. All the cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents etc have black or brown hair, blue or brown eyes.

    We used to joke about all sharing the same mailman.

  39. NoB my oldest DD has no wisdom teeth. DS only had three. Some of DH’s siblings also didn’t have wisdom teeth. I didn’t know people came without wisdom teeth until I met DH

  40. “Perhaps MM, your DD, while adopted, has similar artistic genes, and it’s just a stroke of good karma that she landed in a family that encourages it.”

    That’s what I was thinking too, but not as cogently.

  41. “my mom always said DD looked like me, but she’s biased”

    OTOH, she’s probably seen you as a child more than anyone else, so she can compare your DD to you at the same age better than anyone else.

    I’ve found that there’s typically a difference in perception when trying to figure out who in one generation looks like who in another generation depending on whether they knew the older person when they were young.

    I’ve many times not realized how strong a family resemblance there was in such situations until I saw a photo of the older person when they were much younger.

  42. Wisdom teeth…I had 3, DD#1 had 5 (two were fused together). DD#1, counting baby through wisdom teeth had 13 pulled by the oral surgeon. DD#2 had 4 pulled. When it came down to DD#2’s wisdom teeth, I asked if we got some sort of family discount – Pull 10 get one free or some such? He gave us a 25% discount on DD#2’s total bill.

  43. RMS, I love that photo (tintype?). Do you have a date for it? Somewhere in the early 1880s I would guess?

  44. Wisdom teeth…I had 3, DD#1 had 5 (two were fused together). DD#1, counting baby through wisdom teeth had 13 pulled by the oral surgeon. DD#2 had 4 pulled. When it came down to DD#2’s wisdom teeth, I asked if we got some sort of family discount – Pull 10 get one free or some such? He gave us a 25% discount on DD#2’s total bill.

    DS and DD both had theirs out over the last two months. DS only had the upper ones, the lower ones just aren’t there. He’s also missing one of his upper adult teeth. He has a temporary fake tooth that just broke again, so he’s going to come home next week to get it fixed. The oral surgeon thinks he’ll be ready for an implant his summer. DD had all four of her wisdom teeth taken out.

  45. I agree, RMS, she is stunning. My ancestors of that time period are all very stout German women. I’m undoubtedly taller but no wonder I fight the pear shape!

  46. Wow RMS! She is beautiful, and she has a bit of a mona lisa smile. What a time to be born in Mankato. There is a lot of American and Dakota history she lived through…and then twenty or so years later the Children’s Blizzard.

    All my ancestors from around then we’re hardworking farm laborers…big, round, and their toughness written across their face. My grandma was raised in Texas, and the pictures of her parents, aunts, and uncles all look Mexican, but my dad traced them all back to northern (what is now called) Poland. My grandma was blond hair, blue eyed, but I tease my dad to get a genetic test because I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some Mexican or Spanish mixed in.

  47. RMS – does she have some other heritage ? Native American, Spanish, even my home country via the Roma people.

  48. My grandmother was born in a sod house in Sasketchewan in the 00’s. Nobody knows which year and she was probably an “undocumented alien” after she moved to the US.

  49. DH’s father did not go fully grey (his hair) until he had a massive stroke in his 70’s. DH is 56 and his hair hasn’t gone grey, tho he does have white and grey in his moustache.

    DS so strongly resembles DH that when DS was a toddler we’d just laugh about it, there was no denying they were father and son. We have a cute photo of the two of them – in it DS is about 8 years old and wearing one of those fake stick-on moustaches standing on the stairs with his arm around dad’s shoulder as though they’re adult buddies.

    As a child, I can remember being at large family gatherings where unknown relatives would take one look at me and say, “Oh, you’re Johnny’s girl” It was awe inspiring to me how they knew.

  50. RMS – your great grandmother really was beautiful. I’m also amazed at the quality of the photo for the time period, and how well it has been preserved.

  51. “OTOH, she’s probably seen you as a child more than anyone else, so she can compare your DD to you at the same age better than anyone else.

    I’ve found that there’s typically a difference in perception when trying to figure out who in one generation looks like who in another generation depending on whether they knew the older person when they were young.”

    Fair point. I’ve seen tons of pics of when I was a kid and don’t see the resemblance with DD, but a lot of that is hairline and coloring (OTOH, my baby pics are indistinguishable from my younger half-brother’s). I imagine my mom also sees mannerisms and such that trigger the feeling of similarity. Similar thing with DS and my dad: you’d never guess from looking at them now that there’s any resemblance, but the same-age photos are striking.

  52. When DD was little, everyone said she looked exactly like me except my mom. She said that DD didn’t look like I looked at that age.

  53. We were cleaning out my grandma’s attic once and found a photo of a lovely stout german ancestor no one knows (no name or anything on the photo). The photo must have been from the late 1800s. My younger cousin is this woman’s doppleganger. It’s creepy.

    I do have to say, my dad’s family produces beautiful babies. I’m not trying to sound biased. All my cousins on my mom’s side were really ugly babies. But my dad’s side… just gorgeous perfect model babies. Of course, looking back, I did enter an awkward phase around 8 years old and left it around 20. So… I guess genetics revenge there….

  54. “We were cleaning out my grandma’s attic once and found a photo of a lovely stout german ancestor no one knows (no name or anything on the photo). The photo must have been from the late 1800s. My younger cousin is this woman’s doppleganger. It’s creepy.”

    Did the photo end up with that cousin?

    “my dad’s family produces beautiful babies. I’m not trying to sound biased.”

    A guy I used to work with would always say, “My babies are the most beautiful babies in the world. That’s my opinion, you may disagree.”

  55. “Similar thing with DS and my dad: you’d never guess from looking at them now that there’s any resemblance, but the same-age photos are striking.”

    Thus the old saw about looking at your GF’s mom, because that’s what your GF will look like when she gets to that age.

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