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Isn't it amazing how, sometimes, genetics simply cannot be denied?
Take the photo at left, for instance. This is my son.
But if you put a picture of my Pop at age 18 side by side with it ... you'd think it was a different shot of the same guy. Not joking. #GrandfatherGrandsonTwinning
As a matter of fact, as soon as I saw this graduation photo proof (brilliantly snapped by my son's friend Tyler Calpin, a genius up-and-coming photographer), it was my favorite of all of them for that very reason.
There's something all-at-once haunting and comforting when you look at your child and see your father. It's weird in the coolest of ways, Capisce?
But it's also a reminder of a great many things, such as:
-Many times in life, you either marry or give birth to your opposite gender parent. Or perhaps, both? Think about it --- it's totally true.
-The past and the future matter equally; nurture each and cherish both.
-You can choose your clothes, your car, your zip code, your hair color, what movie you want to see on Saturday, which cuisine you feel like tossing back tonight and heck, even your own final resting place. But you can't pick your family members, period. HINT: If I could, I wouldn't change a thing.
-There is nothing more important among we evolved cave people than FAITH and FAMILY. It's the beginning and ending of everything in life, you dig?
Yep, Kyle's a dead ringer for his maternal Grandfather, all right.
They look alike, they talk alike, they laugh alike, they think alike. Guess what? I'm doubly blessed because of it. #LoveYouKyle&Pop #Fam
pS 145:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9 R. (8a) The Lord is gracious and merciful. Every day will I bless you, and I will praise your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD and highly to be praised; his greatness is unsearchable. Generation after generation praises your works and proclaims your might. They speak of the splendor of your glorious majesty and tell of your wondrous works. They discourse of the power of your terrible deeds and declare your greatness. They publish the fame of your abundant goodness and joyfully sing of your justice. The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness. The LORD is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. Alleluia See 2 Tm 1:10 Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.