I have become my Father. Weird right? To be perfectly honest, I am really more like him-by a HUGE degree- than I am like my Mom. My Mom and my Dad are about as different as you can get. He's wildly conservative, she's a flaming liberal. He lives off grid, she thinks our city of 5+ million doesn't have enough culture, he has no interest in travel, she would have loved to see the world. Its probably why they divorced in the long run.
My Dad teaching T1 to shoot. I do not approve of guns
Me, My Dad, T2, Bonus Daughter & T1
Sometimes that makes for a hard relationship, because we are so different in our beliefs yet so totally the same in our personalities, we clash more than I do with any other person. Or maybe it is that I am more willing to clash with him than with someone else. It is easy to clash with someone who, deep down inside, you know what they are thinking, because it's the same thing you are thinking. I know just how far I can push it, just how far I can go, before there is a real problem. It's the same distance he can push me before I have a real problem.
Let me just say that my kids? They do not understand this at all. The ranting, raving, and arguing about what a total prick (me)/ total genius (him), that Bill O'Reilly is upsets them. They have never lived this way and don't "get" it. So, when things have gone too far, I reel it back, and he being me and me being him, he goes right along with it. Its almost a form of entertainment for us, but not them, so we back down together.
I know this to be true because my mother always tells me "You are just like your father!"
The funniest part is that for the last 15 years, she has lived with me!