Sunday, February 24, 2008

If I had a nickel..........

When Jason and I were dating, we would sometimes go to the Mall to window shop & walk around. There were several times when people we didn't know would approach us and say to Jason: "Are you a Merryweather?" to which he would reply: "Yes, I am." Then they would inevitably say: "I went to school with Pat, Jim, David, Rick, Brad, Jeff." All of whom are years enough older than Jason that he never attended a school at the same time they did, meaning these inquiring people had never met Jason personally. This is how strong The Merryweather Family Resemblance is. I capitalize because it has reached legendary status. People could recognize Jason for a Merryweather a mile away. It might have a little something to do with the eyes, specifically the eyelashes. Merryweather Eyelashes (again, I capitalize) are a mile long. Boy and girl alike inherit these insanely long eyelashes, for which I am truly grateful! Not that my eyelashes are anything to spit at, but there really is no comparison.

So it goes to follow that any children of ours would naturally be blessed with several of the Merryweather physical attributes. For this I am also grateful. I mean, if a person were to attend a Merryweather Family party, it would be obvious to them how good-looking a large portion of the attendees are. This is not my complaint. A friend of mine likes to say that it is in the natural order of things that a baby come out looking like its dad. Then there can be no mistaking, right? So I am glad there is such a strong family stamp on my kids. It's fun, and they have benefited from it. I get many comments on the attractiveness of my children. This makes me feel good! However; if I had a nickel for every time I heard the words " he/she looks just like her dad!" or "Where is little Jason?" or some such comment, I'm pretty sure I could pay off a large portion of what remains of our mortgage. I am not kidding.

At first, it was cute, even though our first-born was a girl, I really had nothing to compare her looks to, so I just take it as it comes. Granted, a percentage of these comments do come from the Merryweather side of the family. My all-time favorite was when a prominent, matriarchal member of Jason's family said to me, and I quote, "The only thing Sidney really inherited from you are the dark circles under her eyes." No lie. I don't even get courtesy comments from my family. I think this stems from the fact that I have no resemblance of my own. I am a blank slate of a gene pool for all intents and purposes. I have mostly been happy that I could not trace my genes further backward than myself, it comes in handy sometimes, but that is another blog altogether.

But after six kids, the number of times anyone has observed that they got anything but big eye smudges from me I can literally count on my ten fingers with digits to spare. I officially have a complex. You'd think that there would be some visible credit for me!! Jason always tells me apologetically and a little condescendingly that the kids got their smarts from me, but I don't buy it!! I've had it!! So I put it to you good people. I have found a couple of representative photos for you to examine. If there is a shred of myself in either of these pics, I would like to hear about it. Honestly. Don't patronize me or give me false hope. If you really don't see it, say so. I'm a big girl. Don't think I won't get over it. I'll be fine.











Me at threeish





Sidney at four





















Me at three days old













Connor at about a week











Me at one month















Connor at one month

9 comments:

Aimee said...
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Judy said...

The picture of you and Sidney do really look a lot alike. I took another close look at your kids' other pictures and I have to admit that Jason's "eye" gene is quite strong. Although in the picture where you, Sidney and Shelby is together I can totally see a lot of similarities. Like that fact you all have two eyes, a nose and a mouth. :-) Seriously though, I think your kids got your chin and the shape of their face. It is the lot of being a great woman. Jason gets the glory of the "eye" but you contributed to the rest of beauty that went with the "eye".

Judy said...

WOW, that last two pictures are awesome. Conner totally look like you. I can also see Spencer was so thrilled to have his picture taken.

Peggy said...

Those last two pictures are so freakin awesome! How great that must be to have both of those! They (you and Connor) do look a lot alike. And, looking closely at Spencer, I think he has a lot more of you in him than Jason.

Piglet 26 said...

hmm...I think that the yellow outfits totally help you look more like your spawn, but I do admit that sidney looks like you...I don't think she looks like Jason, she is not sausagy at all. hahahahahaha.....muah ha ha ha hahahahahahaha...

kellieanne said...

The funny thing about your kids is how stinkin much their looks change over the first few years of their lives. Conner looked like Cameron, now he looks like Nick. Cameron looked like Spencer when he was born, but has a lot more Sidney now. Of course Nick looks like a mix of Shelby and Sidney. Shelby looks like a mix of Spencer and Nick. Spencer is a healthy swirl of you and Jason. And Sid - well, she looks like you.

Carterista said...

You made Spencer take his shirt off, didn't you? That's why he's not such a happy camper.

Tammy, you are so silly! All of you kids have some of your face in them. It's just that you are talking to Merryweathers. If you were talking to a whole bunch of Tammy fams, they'd see you all over! I have always thought you have a gorgeous face...now look at your kids. See?

Ashley said...

Hi Tammy, it's me Ashley Lunt. I found your blog through Cecilia. I love how cute it is! And I had no idea you were pregnant. Congratulations. If you'd like, I can invite you to my blog. My email is ashleylunt@gmail.com. Let me know if you'd like an invite, only if you'd like though. I hope your family is doing well. Tell Shelby hello and that I hope third grade is tons of fun!

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