who do you look like?

posted on: Saturday, February 1, 2014



do you look like your family?

growing up in sydney as a half asian, half european child with no full siblings and no eurasian friends, I often felt like I was odd.

I wanted to look like everyone else, as most kids tend to do. light brown hair and freckles was standard in the playground. instead I had absolutely white skin and almost black hair.

but ever the resourceful child, I took it upon myself to draw freckles on my face. with texta.

a few years later, part of my wish to look like my friends came true.

due to all my '90s sydney-style suntanning* real freckles started to appear all over my face. I have them still.

and as I've gotten older I've come to embrace my almond shaped eyes, my flatter nose and my almost black, straight hair.

but I haven't lost the habit of looking for myself in other people. when I meet other eurasians I may have nothing at all else in common with them, but I still feel  a little reassured when I see them: I am not alone.

and then two years ago I gave birth to the lady. my third child. maybe she won't always look like me. but right now, after all this time, there's someone in my family that looks a lot like me. it's kinda nice.


how did you feel about your appearance when you were a kid? I'd love to hear.

* against my mum's wishes, of course. in stereotypical asian fashion she avoids the sun unless armed with a hat or umbrella, and of course has fantastic skin to show for it.

15 comments:

  1. OMG! You look like twins! So cute! A while ago I found a photo of me as a little girl, and I was exactly like my girl. And a few weeks ago, found one of him as a toddler, and he was exactly like our little boy. So, it looks like they are our clones!

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  2. Oops, I meant I found a photo osf my husband as a toddler... forgot to put the "husband" part :)

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    1. that's adorable, gabriela! even though it makes sense that they would look like us (genes and all that), it's still an amazing feeling isn't it?

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  3. Love how much the Lady looks like you that blissful smile!
    I always wanted blue eyes and to be taller, I never really fit even though I was a typical little blondie.

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    1. oh yes, blue eyes! for a long time I too felt blue peepers were the pinnacle of eye beauty.

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  4. Growing up, I did not want to look so... well white. I always envied anyone of mixed heritage. I wonder if we are ever happy with how we look? I adore my tow children, but then neither look anything at all like me

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    1. I think you're right, a case of the grass is always greener for many of us, I suspect.

      my boys don't really look like me but that doesn't stop me trying to look for similarities, like my eldest and I have the same eye colour, my youngest son and I have...hmm not too much actually!

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  5. Such a mini you!
    Toddler C looks EXACTLY like his dad…I have never asked him but I wonder if Daddy R finds it comforting or weird or if he even ever thinks about it!

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    1. I would love to know what he thinks too, in my limited experience men don't pay much attention to such things (if I am to take the liberty of generalising for the male group at large ;)

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  6. oh WOW...the similarity is crazy!! i need to go through baby photos when i'm home next i think!

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  7. I would have killed NOT to look like anyone. Hehe, it's hard to blaze your own trail when you look like a mini me! Gorgeous pics xoxo

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    1. that's hilarious babs! you all look unique to me ;) x

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  8. Ha! Your mother sounds like mine. I am also of half Asian, half European heritage - my Chinese mother and my German/Portuguese father.

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