Heritage: Mannerisms, Eyes, and Bagpipes


I saw that this was one of the daily prompts today and I knew I had to jot down a few quick thoughts about….


Bet you never saw that coming. 😉

Definition of heritage by Mirriam Webster

2a :  something transmitted by or acquired from a predecessor:legacy, inheritance

You’ve probably heard people say things like this: “Oh, wow, you look so much like your dad.” or “You have your mom’s nose, like, exactly.” or “You’re sure that you weren’t adopted? You look nothing like your parents at all.”

My cousin recently sent me the photo pictured below with a note: “You make this face!”

And I totally do.

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This photo is of my grandparents at their wedding. Both of them passed away in 2000 when I was 9 years old, but somehow I still make the same facial expression as my grandmother has here! (And I’m decently certain I’ve never seen my father make that face, fyi.)

So. Have you ever wondered if you resemble someone from the distant past? That mannerisms, facial expressions, and maybe even the way your eyes are set in your skull– that those things might be inherited (and, really, are inherited) from your 16th great grandfather? Doesn’t that fascinate you? It does fascinate me.

It’s tangible heritage. Heritage is not just the antique desk your great aunt left you that you really can’t find room for (hit me up. I want ALLLLL the antiques you own. No, seriously.), heritage is maybe the way you like your coffee, or the curl of your hair, or the shape of your ears. Or how you inexplicably have blue eyes when you really should have brown.


I’ve always loved bagpipe music. At my husband’s and my wedding, we hired a bagpiper to do all the music and it was just fantastic. As it turns out, I have a LOT of Scottish heritage and am descended from the clan that claims to have first used the bagpipe! Go figure. 🙂

9 thoughts on “Heritage: Mannerisms, Eyes, and Bagpipes

  1. Yes it is fascinating. I have always wanted to visit India – to stay there for at least a month and become part of the beautiful people. Just last week my cousin received her DNA results. Sure enough my great-grandfather’s side was from India. My grandmother always said we were part Indian – we thought she meant Native American because she called people from America’s Indian. Wonder if this is why I love all things from India. Interesting to think about. Thank you for sharing.

    1. So fascinating! I hope you do get to visit India- it seems kind of like fate now! Thanks for posting. 🙂

        1. In a perfect world, you’ll head to India and I’ll head to Scotland and we’ll make tons of great memories.

  2. What a fascinating topic, Amanda! Now you have me wondering about mannerisms and characteristics passed down through the generations….

    FYI: I feel the same way about bagpipes… and yep, tons of Scots ancestors in my family tree too. It must be genetic memory. 🙂

    1. After I read this post, I read an article that talked about the word “Atavism” which means the reappearance, in a descendant, of characteristics that belonged to an ancestor.” And I wished I’d read it an hour sooner so I could add it to this post on heritage. Next time. 🙂

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