My mother and I are agreed on one thing - we are very different. She says this with eyes rolled and a bit of a sigh, I say it with a tone of slightly defensive relief.
But it seems to be true that no matter how different I am, or like to feel I am, from my mum I do catch myself with increasing regularity thinking I may actually be getting more like her.
The most obvious sign really, as my son loves to point out, is when I 'sound just like grandma'. I have for several years now found myself repeating familiar phrases and realising where they've come from.
Some of them are in this list of phrases - and some of them do in fact have long term effects - to this day I really do have to make sure my underwear is clean and acceptable 'just in case'...
Happy Mother's Day to all you mums, people with mums, and those remembering their mums. And make sure you're wearing clean pants before you go out, ok?