Watching my children run around outdoors, chasing each other smiling, I see many personality traits in each child that reflect my own self. The leadership qualities of my oldest, the anxiety and sensitivity in my middle child, and the loud mouth three year old. Each of my children have some part of a personality characteristic that I can relate back to my own self either now or in the past as a young child.
While watching my children and smiling at each recognition of my own self within them, I find myself wondering what parts of me are much like my father and my mother. Which personality traits can I say were given to me through my mother or through my father? All too often you will hear me say I am nothing like that of my own parents, not 100% anyways, however, the older I grew, the more I experience as an adult, I now see a little bit of each of my elders within myself.
I attribute my various personality traits and things I do to one or both of my parents on a regular basis. I also have a unique third part of me that was simply created on my own, during my journey of finding my own self. You see, each person is the somewhat perfect blend of their two parents, however, they still need to find that third part of them that completes them; who they are within in, who they can be to make their world the most successful for their own self.
Whatever characteristics I have, whoever I can point a finger at and say “wow that came from them”, it doesn’t really matter. All that matters is my point that each of my own children and my own self are the somewhat perfect blend of two parents and I will forever enjoy watching my children grow older and see who they become as an individual when they are adults having their own families.
Who do your children take after the most?