As I have become a somewhat seasoned mommy, I find myself saying things I swore I would never say…for the simple fact that they first came from the lips of my own parents. What is it about the innate fear that we all carry that we will one day become duplications of the ones who raised us? Is it because we are so much smarter than them? NO. Is it because they didn’t do a wonderful job? Absolutely not. I believe it is because deep down, part of being part of a family, is seeing the good, the bad, and the ugly in the souls we love the most. And at the end of the day, our fear of becoming exactly like our parents must be rooted in the fact that we are all too familiar with those traits…especially the bad and ugly ones. I wish I had a pair of shoes for every time I muttered the words, “when I have kids, I am never going to...” only to actually have kids and eat those words, complete with hummus and a healthy dose of humility. So all of this to say, I have come to an alarming conclusion.