To Become or Not To Become

I know, I know…we females always eventually turn into our mothers.

D#2 recently visited my sister and she returned to Houston saying how many mannerisms my sister and I share. I presume these are the same mannerisms that I don’t notice in myself, but when I see them in my sister I think, “wow, that is just like Mom.”

I do wonder what kind of person I will age into. Will I become a curmudgeon? Perhaps an overbearing matriarch type? An exemplary member of the Red Hat Society with a credo like “When I am old I shall wear purple”? More likely a bit of a homebound recluse, surrounded by books and knitting, tethered to the outside world by twitter and text messages – oh yeah, I’m already at least halfway there.

I think my sister and I took opposites sides of our mother’s personality. I grew deep roots and am happiest surrounded by family and close friends. I try to make my own little corner of the world a slightly better place. My sister is the risk taker, the adventurer, who likes to do her good deeds and live her good life on a much larger, global scale. Perhaps my life looks more like Mom’s, but I think my mother was much more ambitious than I have ever been and had circumstances been different she might have a led a life closer to her older daughter’s.

We never know for sure what will be passed down to the next generation, either thru nature or nurture. But I am pleased to share with you the following anecdotes:

D#1 reported from her latest vacation to Charleston, S.C. that she found a great little independent bookstore and, of course, had to buy something there.

D#2 offered to share with me a volume of short stories from local writers that she bought at a farmer’s market in Coupeville, WA. Unbeknownst to her, this was their second collection and I had bought the first from the same location a year ago.

In the future, I am sure the daughters will shake their heads and marvel at how much of me they see in their sister. It might even show up in their bookcases.

3 thoughts on “To Become or Not To Become

    • Thanks. Glad and sad you are back in Houston. Hope you won’t stop blogging. Surely there are some interesting floors around here…maybe in Paris, Texas?

Your thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s