The big question. I don't mean in either the physical,or geographic sense. I can answer those questions. I mean as a person. Most people can see some of their parents likes, and dislikes in them, I can't.
Love, kindness, and gentleness of spirit. I am so opposite to my parents, it is hard to see them as my kin. I never knew love, or kindness. Nothing I did was good enough, and even though I was quick to learn to read, and close to the top of the class in reading, I never got any praises. While we may not praise our children, my wife and I don't constantly give them the put downs I had to endure for years.
Pets. Although my mum had a red setter in her teens -- during WW2 -- I was not allowed a pet, the only pet I had was a goldfish. My family would be lost without our cats, and dogs. We love them all dearly; when one crosses the Rainbow Bridge our pain lasts forever. My dog, Bonnie, died over fifteen years ago, and I still cry for her, when I think of her pain in the last years of her life.
Arts. While I got some of my photographic ability from my father, or did I? Most of the other things I do, have little or nothing in common with my parents.
Neither of my parents were big readers, beyond magazines, or in my father's case, photographic books; I have shelves of books covering various topics.
With the advancements in technology; I accept it is easier to access information than it was in their day, but as far as I can remember my parents never joined a library. The closest library is the first thing I look for when I move, books are my life; since I was a school boy.
Storytelling. Neither my mother, or father told me bedtime stories. The storytellers in our family were my late uncle John, and my grandfather. It is from them I think I gained the art of my telling stories, which has led me to write the hit series "Forgestriker,"which is being enquired about by Degu Media, in Cardiff.
The differences. I can see little of my parents in me -- fortunately -- they were sad, unfortunate people who wanted a girl they could mould to their tastes, and ended up with a strong-willed boy with a free thinking mind.