If you asked me when I was 13 years old if I will ever enjoy Van Morrison’s music or listening to CBC radio, I would have rolled by eyes and confidently stated, “never will that happen!” Well, now I am 29 years old, a mom and a wife and I find myself taking up many of the same interests, likes and dislikes as my mom – including listening to Van Morrison and CBC radio.
I remember my mom working out to Jane Fonda audio cassettes in our family room. Now, I routinely do the same – unfortunately, Jane Fonda is more focused on her acting career so I work out to DVDs of Jillian Michaels instead.
Our breakfast menu for the school week was prominently posted on the fridge for my brother and I to follow – Monday was pancake day, Tuesday was oatmeal day, etc. (I still remember it all!) Now, I plan out our weekly dinners on my blackberry.
One of my mom’s regular lunches was a greek salad – it seemed like she ate it for lunch everyday. Now, I make myself a spinach salad with chicken pretty much every day for lunch. I never get sick of it!
Not only are my routines now similar to my mom, there are things we have always shared in common – like our ability to watch a movie over and over again without ever getting sick of it – I think our first copy of “Not Without My Daughter” broke down from over use!
This recent revelation has made me start to wonder what traits and routines Emily will pick up from me when she’s my age. Will she have a slight shopping obsession? Will she love to bake? Will she secretly choose the longest line at the grocery store so she can catch up on all of the magazine celebrity gossip? What sorts of things will I do to annoy her when she’s at that pleasant pre-teen phase of her life?
It will be interesting to see what will happen and when it does, I will be happy to know that my daughter appreciates some of my choices and interests – the same way that I do now of my mom.