August 24 10

I have always been super fascinated by genetics. It amazes me how two people can come together and create these creatures that are a combination of those mixed genes. And each one comes out with a distinct look, a different combination of how those genes played out. The interesting thing is that I’ve never particularly thought that any of my children look like me. They most certainly look like my side of the family, though. My mother’s side.

And interestingly, that’s exactly the side I wanted them to look like. Not for shallow reasons, mind you, but because of the fact that save for my Bubbie and Zayde, the majority of their families were killed in the Holocaust. It’s nice that my children can carry on those Eastern European Jewish genes. It’s like this small little screw you to Hitler. Or something. But not me. My family. My Emily looks a ton like my Bubbie (interestingly, for whom she was named), like my sister, like my mother. My Josh looks a ton like my Zayde (interestingly, for whom he was named). Isabella was always kind of a toss up, mostly because with all of that hair, it’s hard to even SEE her face.

Until now.

We were at my mom’s house, eating our ritual Friday night chicken soup. Because Isabella was dragging her lovely hair through her soup with each spoonful, I made my way over to her and put her hair up in a giant bun on top of her head. And that’s when my mom dropped her spoon and went white. Without a word, she ran over to a bureau and pulled out these.




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  1. It is uncanny!!

    Comment by Kristabella on August 24, 2010
  2. That is uncanny.

    Comment by Kaleigha on August 24, 2010
  3. Wow…. Incredible. Who is it in the old photos?

    Comment by OHmommy on August 24, 2010
  4. HA! The HER is my mom!

    Comment by ali on August 24, 2010
  5. Wow. It’s those strong, straight brows, and something about the set of the upper lip.

    I never thought I looked like anyone until one day I caught sight of my eyes, tired and creased and my dad was staring back at me. Freaky!

    Comment by kittenpie on August 24, 2010
  6. It actually may be hard to see in these shots of Isabella, but they are basically twins. Their entire faces.

    It’s SCARY.

    Comment by ali on August 24, 2010
  7. I love it!!!

    Comment by Darcey on August 24, 2010
  8. UM. In the top photo? Why is the man’s hand UP HER DRESS?

    Comment by heather... on August 24, 2010
  9. Oh Heather…it’s how they do it in Europe.


    also? it’s my grandfather. and i think it’s a coat. maybe?

    Comment by ali on August 24, 2010
  10. wow. goosebumps.
    I’ve always seen both you and Gav in your kids. A perfect mix of both of you.
    But no it’s not hard to see – those photo’s – they are uncanny!

    Comment by Christine on August 24, 2010
  11. Tears sprung to my eyes.

    It was like when I saw the photos of my Dad’s Grandma and was all, “WOAH. That’s EMILY.”

    Genetics fascinate me.

    Comment by Angella on August 24, 2010
  12. That is FUHKREAKY. Also, I totally see emily in the third picture down on the woman.
    .-=´s last blog ..And One Last Chance! =-.

    Comment by on August 24, 2010
  13. that’s amazing

    Comment by Tammi Marie on August 24, 2010
  14. Holy Hell! I got freaked and then weepy looking at those!

    Comment by fadkog on August 24, 2010
  15. That first picture is creepy in the sense that it really looks like Bella!

    Comment by sharon on August 24, 2010
  16. wow. insanity. and awesomeness.
    .-= Katie´s last blog ..In which you may count how many times I say the word “pregnant” =-.

    Comment by Katie on August 24, 2010
  17. That is amazing! No wonder your Mom freaked out. So cool.

    Comment by monstergirlee on August 24, 2010
  18. Amazing! You are amazing

    Comment by nadiasa on August 24, 2010
  19. Wow! And she just noticed it?! That’s amazing. It gave me chills. So cool.

    Comment by Nenette on August 24, 2010
  20. yes .. Bella looks just like your mom as a child .. NEAT!!!

    Comment by Sarah on August 24, 2010
  21. That is almost spooky how similar they look!

    Comment by anne nahm on August 25, 2010
  22. That is amazing! They have one face. I am the same way with my mom. The scary / funny thing was when my mom shipped me an old photo album. My husband opened it and saw a picture of my parents on vacation, and wanted to know who the guy was that had his arms all over “me”. When I told him it my dad, he was extremely perplexed, especially since my dad died when I was a kid. He totally never thought the woman in the picture was my mom!
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Complicated commute =-.

    Comment by Hilary on August 25, 2010
  23. That’s so awesome! Although I look nothing like her now (or how she looked at this age) when I was young I looked just like my mom’s mom when she was growing up (although I look nothing like either one of my parents).

    Comment by Erin on August 25, 2010
  24. That’s so funny. I saw that first photo and thought, holy shit that’s Bella. But wait…not even photo shop can make photos look like that. What? I’m slow.

    I am the spitting image of my great grandma on my dad’s side. I know it from the one photo of her at my age. The one photo that made it to America. Shrug. There’s not really anyone left on my dad’s side. It can be hard to see it. But I love that a piece of those family members lost, lives on in my kids.

    Comment by Issa on August 25, 2010
  25. When is she appearing on the Blue Man tour? I’ll buy tickets.

    Comment by Avitable on August 26, 2010
  26. that is so amazing!

    Comment by Heather on August 26, 2010
  27. Wow that is so cool how alike they look!!

    Comment by Katherine on August 27, 2010
  28. That’s awesome!

    Comment by mapsgirl on September 3, 2010
  29. LOVE this!

    My son has this one sided grin that is just exactly like my Dad’s. Sometimes I’ll catch him doing it and tear up.

    Comment by Jennifer on February 22, 2012
  30. Genetics are the shiznit.

    One of my sons is the spitting image of my father. My daughters both look exactly like me, although one of them acts and sounds exactly like my sister. Like, every time she talks I’m transported back to childhood. It’s weird.

    My other son is the only one that my husband’s genes got a foot in the door. He looks like a mix of my husband and my mother. Which is really disconcerting for me when he gives me a dirty look. It’s like my mother is back from the dead.

    Comment by meghann @ midgetinvasion on February 22, 2012
  31. Genetics are bonkers. My older son looks just like my father & grandfather, which is strange since my father looks just like my grandmother and nothing like my grandfather. My younger son looks just like my hubby now, but when we look back at photos of us as kids he looks just like me then, and not a darn thing like his dad.

    Comment by Jess on July 9, 2013
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