#9--69 Things I've learned--The cliche about the apple not falling far from the tree doesn't have to be right
From as far back as I can remember, I was told that I looked just like my dad. The two words "spitting image" were used often. I was told that if I wanted to see what my dad looked like all I had to do was look in the mirror.
As I got old enough to understand, I heard the negative part about my father who completely abandoned my mom and me when I was a baby. He was a complete no-show. Things got tough and he vanished.
I grew-up thinking that I had the same "get out of Dodge" gene inside of me and that when stuff got tough I'd bolt. That question haunted me and as I approach birthday number 69, I feel confident that I have a personal answer to that. I often wondered as I went through the stages and pressures of life.
I've learned that that apples can fall pretty far from the tree. I'm thankful that mine did.