Thursday, September 16, 2010

My children get their worst traits from me.

Exhibit A:
my daughter... she's the one with her mouth W-I-D-E open...
 shoot - when I previewed the picture that person's big head wasn't quite so distracting... just focus on the cutie who is showing her tonsils to the world... and those SHOES that she insisted we make the night before to wear with her camp shirt and she has never worn since...

and Exhibit B: my son - who has graduated from wanting to be a pirate when he grows up... to being an actor.  a much more noble profession - maybe...  He's the one... well, you know, the boy.  Okay, there are TWO boys I guess, he's second from the left.
this past summer they decided they wanted to be on stage.  Center of attention. 

Do you SEE them cheesing for the crowd?  well, let's just say they do NOT get that from their father.  ManOfTheHouse may be a lot of things - but a ham?  I just don't see it.

Explore with me some of the wonderful ways we have blessed our children with our combined DNA...

Teeth:  their options are Mom's straight but not so cavity resistant teeth OR Dad's reasonably healthy but extremely crooked teeth.
     The result - crooked teeth that get cavities with the regularity of Old Faithful.  and yes, I DO make them brush... up and down even though I am stubborn and still brush side to side.

Eyes:  their options are Dad's barely near-sightedness or Mom's legally blind near-sightedness...  they have no hope.
    The result - remains to be seen...  neither M.O.T.H. nor I wore glasses when we were young... we figure we might get a few more years before we start getting blamed for this as well.

The Height/Weight Factor:  Options?  M.O.T.H. is tall and thin.  Mom (that'd be me) is short and has a predisposition toward chub.  The kids...  well, I think they're covering their bases...  at least on the weight thing...  but thus far nobody seems to be outgrowing Dad...  hey, as long as they're taller than Mom I figure we're doing SOMETHING good right?

Brains:  wait - I think we finally got one right... because of COURSE I have a handful of the most brilliant and creative children this side of the Mississippi.  maybe the other side too.  Let's just not talk about how we've passed down our inability to study and the uncanny ability to procrastinate...  because that might detract from the impression I've left you with of my mini geniuses.

Health:  Options - M.O.T.H.  rarely gets sick - and enjoys all of those outdoor activities like hiking... and other stuff that he does outside, don't ask me to expound... I just go along and pretend to like it when we all know I'd rather be inside reading and munching on popcorn.
    The result - thank goodness I took those acting classes - because I think we've actually fooled these kids into believing that I enjoy the hikes and the pickle ball games...  I think they might even believe that I like those veggies that I choke down if they're watching.

Why couldn't we have just sat down and made up a list of all the traits we'd love to pass on...  my ears, his eyes, my nose, his height, my sense of humor, his metabolism, his patience, his... wait, I'm all out of stuff I want to pass on?  okay - the rest can be his...

I think I hate genetics. 

17 comments:

Kristina P. said...

It seems like they have a recipe for success.

Saimi said...

Oh I think you'd be surprised what they can pull out of the ol DNA

There's more of you in them than you think. They sound pretty remarkable to me!!

Job well done!

KyAnn (like Cayenne Pepper, only HOTTER) said...

Amen sista. My poor kids are in the same boat.

Anisha said...

Man, if only we could choose like that! I love when my daughter tells me she hope she has boobs like mines, hahaha..... I think "if the surgeon is still around when you get older You Can!!!!!"

Gina said...

This is fun! I cannot wait until my children are older and I can really see who they take after. There's not much you can really tell at age 4, you know? Your kids are pretty cute, though, so I'm sure all their "bad" traits go unnoticed :)

Tolin said...

*chuckles*

My nieces and nephews are Pro-Level Competitive Hams... all of them, in T's family and all of our siblings.

Though N&N's kids are the most reserved in many ways. :D

Obligatory Brotherly Tease:
How could the kids NOT be taller than yo--- I know, it gets old after a while.

Barbaloot said...

I'd like to give my children my eyes. And my non dramatic personality. And my killer sense of hearing. I'm hoping whoever I marry has good traits in every other category cuz otherwise they're doomed.

cold cocoa said...

I love seeing P on stage! I never knew he had a flair for things dramatic.

Genetics are crazy. Way to use your strong mind/acting skills to show your fam how much you like the outdoors. That is a good one to fake!

Garden of Egan said...

I think that your kids look great onstage.
When they get rich from acting they can afford all the dental care and some surgery to make them tall or something.

Becky said...

Genetics in action is a beautiful thing! (Or scary, depending on how you look at it.)

I really like you, so I'm pretty sure I'd like your kids - cavity-prone teeth and all.

Missy said...

Oh my! I don't even know the DNA for two of my children and only half for two. Luckily, I know all the DNA options for one of mine and they are poor for pickin'.

Cheeseboy said...

Well, at least you are keeping your dentist and orthodontist employed.

My boy is getting into acting and singing too. Maybe someday they will be in a movie together?

Sheri said...

Aww they are so adorable!

Shelle-BlokThoughts said...

Hey... they look fantastic and adorable and there is nothing wrong with wanting to be the center of attention! That is a great combination of traits but I'm bias because I like you.

Teachinfourth said...

One day I'll say that I read all about them here...

Jen T said...

It would be really nice to choose what to pass on and what to not too. It was be even nice to choose what you want to inherit from your own parents. Don't want mom's this or my dad's that, In a perfect world maybe :) maybe. . .

Charlotte said...

I wish I could have chosen the traits, too. Instead of playing the roulette of DNA. My husband mourns that my complete lack of coordination seems to be more dominant than his athleticism. But his stubbornness seemed to come through just fine.