When I met my future father-in-law in 2002, my boyfriend (at that time) could not tolerate me stating over and over how much he looked like his dad! He just could not view any of the similarities.
After the birth of our first child (and his first grandchild) their “father and son” relationship grew quite close and a new friendship formed.
As the generations now bound them with new affection, they began to share more than just their looks. The two men enjoy rebuilding automobiles, manicured lawns, summer evenings out of doors, and my absolute favorite… becoming “grill masters”.
I had found this old photo of my husband on his dad’s lap – taken in 1979 – and hung it on our refrigerator. Mostly due to my father-in-law’s expression and coiffure.
When our third child arrived in August, it was immediately apparent my husband could NOT deny this baby’s paternity. ha!
As the weeks passed into months, that photo on the refrigerator beckoned to me. Even though my husband was far from cooperative, he fell to my feminine wiles and in 2012 we were able to recreate the image.
I am quite proud of the men in my life and pray my children inherit their smiles and laughter, lest I mention their looks!