That being said, I ran into an acquaintance from college who I hadn't seen or talked to in 6 years, and she obviously had not heard our adoption story. Upon meeting Levi, she remarked,
"Oh my goodness what a cutie! Does he have his daddy's eyes, or what?!"
Um, no, actually he doesn't. Thanks anyway. But I couldn't bring myself to correct her in front of all those people; that would have not helped anyone. Instead, I politely thanked her and commented on her cutie of a baby.
Later, Melody and I chuckled about the awkwardness of that comment. Melody told me that as crazy as it is, she knows several adoptive families where the children and parents' features favor each other. And truly, it's not the first time someone has said Levi looks like Herb or I. A time or two I have heard,
"Man, if I didn't know Levi was adopted, I would have thought he was yours."
To which, if I'm feeling soap-boxy, I reply,
"He is ours."
And then they usually correct themselves and say,
"I mean, he looks just like you/Herb."
Herb's aunt sent me some old pictures out of the blue this week, and if you look at Herb and Levi side by side at the same age, yes, I think I do see some similarities. What a coincidence!
|Herb, Levi, Herb|
"Wow, she really has her Father's hands/ eyes/ heart."