father of the brideI admit, ever since I've been a kid, I've been a daddy's girl. I've always felt, deep down, especially because my dad and I have always been close, that ultimately, I'd probably end up with a guy like him.
Sure, when I was a fiery teen, I'd brazenly vow to fall for whomever I pleased, even if that wasn't my folks' idea of the Perfect Guy. But lo and behold, when I got down to being serious about looking for love, I signed up for JDate ... seeking someone they'd likely adore: A nice Jewish guy. Someone artistic, but down-to-earth, funny, patient, kind, liberal-minded, humanitarian, etc. (Yeah, I wasn't too picky! Rrright.)
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And somehow, after a LOT of trial and error, I found that guy ... my boyfriend. The similarities between him and my father aren't exactly surface-level. My boyfriend is six feet tall with fair skin and light hair; my dad is more like 5'7"-ish, used to have dark brown hair, and now likes to joke that he resembles Albert Einstein. But their commonalities, when they crop up, are striking -- the kinds of books they're into, their love of airplanes and history and conspiracy theory, and above all, they share a genuinely compassionate, kind, patient nature. What's more, my mom says that my boyfriend has a lot of traits in common with my grandfather -- like being inventive, loving to work with his hands, and constantly learn new things. I definitely see that.
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None of this should come as a surprise to me. It also doesn't seem all that strange that my sister's chosen a guy who has a lot in common with my dad, too. We gravitate to what we know, what we're comfortable with. Take a look at Frances Bean Cobain, who might be engaged to a guy who bears a striking resemblance to her late father, Kurt. Even though Frances barely knew her father, she's fallen for a guy who reminds her of him. Obviously, the whole "falling for a guy like your dad" thing isn't just an old wives' tale. It's not shocking or strange -- it just is, and it seems like often, it can be for the best.
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Do you believe that we look for our parents' traits in our partners? Does your honey remind you of your dad?
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