Every Friday Brie, from Capital Mom, posts a topic and if you like you can join her by writing about a moment related to that topic the following Monday. This week’s Monday Moment is Alike.


I have two daughters, as I have told you here many times before. N is 9 and B is 7 and they are both smart and sweet, but after that, they don’t have all that much in common.

N is off-the-charts tall for her age and I think that she and I are about a year away from being able to share our clothes and shoes; B is bang on average height.

N is quiet and introverted (hmm, wonder where she gets THAT from); B is outgoing, gregarious, and friends with the whole world.

N’s favourite meal is salmon with extra lemon juice, broccoli and coconut rice. When it is her birthday and she chooses this for her birthday dinner, we need to make fish sticks, carrots and noodles for B because she won’t eat any of those things.

N likes neutral colours like black, brown, white and grey (hmm again wonder where she gets that from); B likes everything pink and purple. Hand-me-downs are beginning to be a bit of a problem.

N likes speed when it comes to rides at the fair and on her bike and on her downhill skis; B is much more cautious and has been known to back away from big slides.

N is an observer; B likes to be the centre of attention.

N will hold back until she can do something well before she will try it. B will try anything, even if she fails.

N has Tony’s nose. B has my nose. Poor B.

N is book crazy; B is board game crazy.

N loves pineapple and watermelon; B cannot stand either of them.

B loves spaghetti sauce and gravy; N cannot stand either of them.

Neither of them will make their beds without prompting.

N is a lot like me. B is a lot like Tony.

Although they are very different in almost every way, their being sisters and the best of friends shows how alike they are too.

I love them both so much, one just as much as the other. Alike.

About Finola

I am an Ottawa area Mom, writer-want-to-be and coffee legend in the making.
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7 Responses to Alike

  1. Capital Mom says:

    That is lovely Finola!

  2. You put this so beautifully. The ways in which my children are both alike, and not alike, in relation to each other, and to me and Andrew, is a source of endless fascination.

  3. Finola says:

    Capital Mom, Thank you, and thanks for the inspiration too.

    Denise, I loved your post on this subject too. I think being like Mrs. Weasley is one of the best compliments a parent could get.

  4. Bibliomama says:

    Love this. The whole combination of the parents coming out differently in every kid makes me want to have six or eight. Except, not really.

  5. I loved learning these insights about your daughters.

    I am fascinated by the different ways our DNA combines and spits out such unique kids. It makes me think long and hard about nature vs. nurture arguments regarding children's personalities. My boys couldn't be more different and yet they both take after us. We'll see what our daughter has in store for us. 🙂

  6. Sasha says:

    It's funny, people keep saying my girls are so alike, and yet to me they are so different. I'd like to meet your girls some time. Maybe B and I can crack out the board games. I'm getting impatient for my girls to be old enough to play 🙂

  7. Laura says:

    Lovely post Finola. A perfect addition to Monday Moments.

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