Monday, April 8, 2013

Are You Freaking Kidding Me: Look Alike Edition

Photos on the left are of me, photos on the right are my son.

Before I became a mother, I didn't realize how tiresome it is to have everyone in the known universe weigh in on who your child looks like. (I still do it to others, but I'm trying to break the habit. This is a "do as I say, not as I do" kind of situation.)

My son look almost exactly like I did as a baby, but if you're looking at Chuk and I as adults, the baby looks  slightly more like Chuk because they have the same block heads and make similar expressions. (Although the baby really does have my features rather than Chuk's.) Anyway, the reason it's tiresome to hear peoples' opinions on who the baby looks like is mainly because I hear it so often and because it's difficult to respond to. If someone says, "Your baby looks exactly like your husband" it's not like I'm going to say "Thank you". It's not a compliment; it's just their random observation. And I know they don't want to hear my whole spiel about, "Well they have the same head shape and eyebrows, but if you look closely, you'll notice he has my eyes, nose, mouth and ears." I'm socially awkward, but not that awkward.

So while I think that's sort of boring, twice recently I've gotten comments on this subject that have me in a tizzy. In the first instance, our little family was out for a walk and someone walking by in the opposite direction said to us, "Well we know who his daddy is. No mistaking that." Like we were in some drive-by episode of the Jerry Springer show.

On the second occasion, we three were in line at the grocery store and Chuk stepped away for a minute to grab something else and the person behind me in line whispered to me, "You don't have to worry about who that baby's father is. It's definitely him." Um, thanks for sharing the results of your visual paternity test, but next time keep it to yourself. No matter who he resembles, I know who my baby's father is. I'm not a skank, but I appreciate your assumption that I am.

Oh random strangers, you never cease to amaze me with your rudeness.


  1. I never thought about how that statement could be considered rude, but I guess it is when you're confirming paternity. I have said that many times and never meant it anything but a positive statement.

  2. What you've gotta do is say in an exaggerated whisper, "I KNOW! I was SO RELIEVED that he doesn't look like that other guy I was banging!"

    and then they will blink at you and not know what to think.

    and yes, I've actually said this. It's fun.


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