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   Posted 9/6/2009 1:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Most of us have a pretty good idea of where we got our physical characteristics. Some, like me and others on the forum, who were adopted have even had the opportunity to meet, or at least see pictures of our biological family. If not maybe you have had children of your own and can see your genes in their features. Think back about the people who you are related to...Are there any physical characteristics that run in your family? Sometimes these are defining and other times they seem to be a loving family joke.

Like I mentioned, I was adopted at birth so until I was nearly 40 I had no idea what my biological family looked like. When I did meet them, birth parents and siblings, we were all built pretty much the same. Square shoulders, medium height, strong Dutch/German stature and I found the origin of my daughter's blue eyes. :-) But one of the funniest things was when I met my full blood brother. After the beginning chit-chat when we all were getting more comfortable, his wife two...take off your shoes! We have to see if you have the 'family' toe! shocked tongue I had no idea what they were talking about and my brother was quite embarrassed but off came my shoes and voila~~ The 4th toe on each foot is bend inward just like everyone else in my biological family. Guess that made it official...I did belong to them.

Is there some family resemblance that has passed down in your family? Or do your children show some of your characteristics?

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   Posted 9/6/2009 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
 Or do your children show some of your characteristics?
   Dear Chutz,
     My bumblebees have my nose smilewinkgrin   Thanks goodness too! My husband has quite a honker!
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   Posted 9/6/2009 2:27 AM (GMT -6)   
Like you I was adopted as an infant, and didn't meet my biological mother until I was 32 (never did find/meet my biological father). One of the things that was the most profound to me was looking like someone because of genetics, not because of coincidence. I actually look like a couple of my cousins in my "real" family (I consider my adoptive family my real family!); the dark hair (well, salt and pepper now!), dark brown eyes, fair skin. When people see my two cousins and I together they often think we're sisters. But from the nose up - especially around the eyes - I really looked like my biological mother.

It's something taken for granted by most people, but those of us who are adopted probably realize that it can be very meaningful indeed.


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   Posted 9/6/2009 10:20 AM (GMT -6)   
I inherited my dad's huge ears. Thank God for hair is all I can say cause you can't see them. But once in a while, I will lift up my hair and show my ears to someone and their eyes will get big and they will say, gosh, Linda, those are some big ears girl. Hahahahahahaha. I used to be very self conscious about them, but now, who cares.

My oldest daughter looks like me and I look like my mother. People who see Kelly, my five year old granddaughter, say she looks just like me. I like that a lot. But thankfully no one inherited the ears. My other daughter looks just like my husband. All the girls, my two daughters and my two granddaughters are all beautiful. Thank you, God.

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   Posted 9/6/2009 10:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I wonder if we are related? smilewinkgrin   Apparently we share something in common! Like a family trait???
Well it appears that the white beard and dark hair are a family trait, my fathers hair was dark brown to black and did not even start to turn silver or white till his late 60's but when he grew a beard it was white even when he was in his late 40.s. His older brothers even now have dark hair, but snow white beards! My uncle who is in his 80's started growing a beard after seeing mine last year, and athough his is thin and skraggly compared to mine, his is still snow white, and his hair, it is still very dark, and he still has quite a bit compared to me ( I am going bald on top)
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   Posted 9/6/2009 1:42 PM (GMT -6)   
My father, myself and my youngest son all have a cowlick on the side of our forheads.  It makes the hair in front stand straight up unless you tame it with major hair product and a hair dryer.
My husband his mom and my oldest are all missing one lower adult incisor.  My mother in law is so proud!  LOL
My younger brother and sister were both adopted (I broke the mold by wrecking my mom's back).  My sister and I are best friends.  She has three boys and I have two.  The five cousins are all as thick as thieves.  They all look like brothers.  I am not sure how that happened!  It is one of my most wonderful blessings!  Her middle child and my youngest honestly truly look alike!  They have similar interests and everything, although my son ( I am so proud ) tends to be the one that sets them both up for trouble.
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   Posted 9/6/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -6)   
The one physical characteristic that has been passed down on my father's side of the family to almost every male member is a retreating hairline.

So far my oldest son seems to have avoided that curse, but at 19 it is a little to early to know for certain.
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