John Marsden Writing Topic #412

In what ways  are you and your father alike? In what ways do you differ? How about you and your mother? Grandparents?**


My father and I are very much alike in personality and body structure. Personality-wise we both speak our mind, very honest and practical and we both enjoy rum. Body structure-wise we both have broad shoulders, not particularly wide and carry our weight in the middle and out the front. Body-wise we both have thick hair, normal cholesterol, high blood pressure (genetic). The ways that my father and I differ is the way we worry about things and the way that we deal with that worry. 


My mother and I are very much alike in our looks, the way we deal with worry and the way we talk. Looks-wise we both have brown hair and eyes and a similar smile. The way we deal with worry is very similar–we over-analyse everything and often jump to the worst case scenario. The way we talk is very similar, both in sound and method, we talk for a long time and we tend to go in circles. We are also both perfectionists, which is both a good and bad thing, it’s a good thing with how we do our jobs as perfectionism makes us better workers, however it’s a bad thing as it makes us more anxious than we should be. The ways that my mother and I differ are that I don’t let body image get to me, I don’t care as much about what people think of me as she does and I don’t wear make-up. 


Admittedly I’m not sure what ways my grandparents and I are alike or differ due to the fact that they have all passed away over the last eleven years. My father tells me that I’m a lot like my Nan (his mother) which I think is due to both genetics and all the time I spent with her as a child. A couple of other things I can think of is that my Pop (my mother’s father) and I both like trains and that my Nanna (my mother’s mother) and I both have brown hair and eyes (obviously I inherited them off her). 


**Reference: Marsden, J 1998, Everything I Know About Writing, Pan Macmillan, Australia.


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