You are Just Like Me, by K. Karl

Dear Boys,

I never understood what I was missing until the both of you were born. I never knew what it was like to have someone who shared my features, my likes, or my genetics.

I was always the shortest member of my family. I was the only one with dark, curly hair. I was the only one with blue and gold eyes. But that never mattered to me.

I would joke with friends that I was the only Italian in my family. I would snicker as I watched them try to figure it out. Their brows would furrow and their noses would crinkle. Then they would either get a sparkle in their eyes or would just come out and ask me how that is possible. I am no longer the only Italian in my family.

I remember a couple of times when grandma and I were together. A stranger or an acquaintance would say how much I looked like her. We would chuckle and say thank you, all the while knowing that the person was just saying that to make conversation or to be kind. We knew that we looked nothing alike, but we didn’t mind.

None of this ever mattered to me until the day that I discovered that you had the same divot on the back of your head as I do. I cried. I didn’t know that this ever affected me, but now I know that you share a part of me that was never important before. A genetic skull formation sent me on a quest to find other likenesses.

Your little toes come to a point at the bottom, just like mine.

You have thick, curly hair, just like mine.

You have blue eyes with a touch of gold, just like mine.

You have a birthmark on your finger, just like mine.

You have incredibly pointy elbows, just like mine.

You have a love for seafood, just like me.

You can wiggle your ears, just like me.

You have a love for ketchup, just like….your dad.

Never change, you are a part of me and I am a part of you.

I love both of you so very much,

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6 Responses to “You are Just Like Me, by K. Karl”

  1. Linda St.Cyr says:

    This letter made me smile!

  2. As if I weren’t already sobbing this morning reading all of these wonderful Mother’s Day letters, yours really touched me. I am the same way, I searched my kids for signs that they were like me it is a validation as a Mom when they not only have physical similarities, but a similar personality. Happy Mothers Day Kim.

  3. I agree with Linda. Grinning ear-to-ear here too!

  4. Angel says:

    That was so sweet!

  5. Cathy Doheny says:

    Nice letter. Adoptive and bio parenting are both miracles and teach us about ourselves.

  6. Marilyn Wong says:

    This is so cute! :D

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