JL's Columbia SC Real Estate Blog: Fun With Heredity

Fun With Heredity

 My Mother for as long as I have been alive has been someone that I have looked up to. The reasons are glaringly obvious as she has always been there for me when I needed her and she has always to great lengths to put her family first in all facets of life. A person could pick a far worse role model, but today, role models are not my topic of conversation. Instead I would like to discuss something else.

 Today just for some fun I would like to talk about personality traits. My Mother has a sharp sense of wit and humor, a deep love for sarcasm, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Why on Earth would I choose these three traits to bring up? Well I do so because these are the very traits the my Mother passed on to me. While my wit and humor is a little more twisted than hers, we run hand and hand on the sarcasm, and my O.C.D is a little more under control I think, it's not hard to see where I get it all from when you have the two of us in the same room for a short period of time.

 Like I said, my humor gets a little more twisted, and we do both have the ability to laugh at our self. So, every time I visit her, I have to make a special effort to irritate her O.C.D. for my own amusement. She is one of those people who firmly believe that everything has it's place. Well, she also collects tons of trinkets that she proudly displays throughout her home. She has painstakingly placed them in her desired location for each one. She can feel it in her bones when one of them is moved in the slightest of ways from their spot.

 If you have guessed by now that I move one of these trinkets every time I stop by, then you are absolutely correct. She notices as soon as she walks past whatever I move, and she immediately returns it to the correct spot from which moved it. She just can't help herself and I have started to notice that neither can I. Which make me wonder if I have now created an entirely new personal quirk in the process of trying to make fun of her. Because now when I am out there, I just can't walk past her displays without being able to control the urge to just move a few around.

 The fact of the matter is that no matter who you are and whether or not you like to admit it, you have contracted certain traits from your parents. Sometimes these are obvious and other times they are only noticeable to a very keen eye. Either way, they are there for sure. So take a close look at yourself, and you may see a few things that are all too common amongst you family. It might also give you better understanding of why you and they do what they do.




JL Boney, III - Columbia, SC Realtor - Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate

 I specialize in Columbia, SC real estate and the surrounding areas, including Blythewood, SC, Kershaw County, Fairfield County, and Lexington, SC. If you are in the market to buy or sell a home in Columbia, SC or any of the surrounding areas, I would love the opportunity to speak with to see how I can help. Thanks for reading and feel free to contact me if I can be of service to you.

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Comment balloon 15 commentsJL Boney, III • June 10 2009 03:27PM


JL --- this is so true --- the older I get, the more I look like my Mother and I definitely have some of her traits.

Mama Liz's Signature

Posted by Liz Loadholt, Realtor--Broker-in-charge - Trainer--Relocation Director Covering SC (Liz Loadholt- AgentOwned Realty- Covering SC) about 11 years ago

JL, HA! I got a kick out of that, thanks! I am sure you are right. I know I have my mom's love of laughing and my dads sarcasm. Anything else, not so sure but I will think about it!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 11 years ago

The older I get the more things I find I have in common with my deceased father.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 11 years ago

How right you are-no matter what you say I'm not going to be like my mother it will happen eventually.

Posted by Pat Champion, Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs (Coldwell Banker Camelot Realty) about 11 years ago

Liz- My wife has developed her Mother's habit of asking a million questions. At least they are both well informed by the time they are done.

Andrea- If you think about it, more will come.

Steven- I'm trying to avoid developing my Dad's temper from his youth.

Pat- It's coming, you just have to accept it.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

JL...The ability to laugh at ourselves is KEY.  Sounds like your mom could be a real hoot.  Sounds just like my family!

Posted by William Feela, Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No. (WHISPERING PINES REALTY) about 11 years ago


You are absolutely right about this.  Our two little boys both "tickle" their blankets, a trait they got from their Mom, although they have never seen their Mom doing it - pretty amazing.

Posted by Mark MacKenzie about 11 years ago


In all my training I have learned that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) about 11 years ago


I have this OCD trait that makes me read blogs and comment about OCD people that are compelled to move around the trinkets of other OCD personalities.

I am trying to control it but it is an uphill battle.

Posted by Richard Weisser, Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional (Richard Weisser Realty) about 11 years ago

Sometimes my voice sounds so much like my mother's it startles me.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) about 11 years ago

Bill- She can be indeed my friend, you just have to catch her at the right time.

Mark- Genetics are a powerful thing for sure.

Richard- There are just some obsessions we will never control my friend.

Norma- I talk like my Mother sometimes, but thankfully I don't actually sound like her.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

Hi JL-I now have this image of you doing that in my head and what fun you must have driving your Mom crazy. Too funny. Thanks for the smile and the fun image in my head. YOU little rascal LOL

Posted by Sharon Lee, Retired and loving life (Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance) about 11 years ago

Sharon- I have a blast doing this, and she has become accustomed to it.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago

JL, now why am I not surprised at you doing this to your Mom? I understand this OCD all to well.  Next time when you remove an item replace it w/ something similar. 

Say maybe the same one only sighty different color, not that I'm advocating driving your poor Mom crazy or anything,ok?

Posted by Cynthia Bartch about 11 years ago

Cynthia- This could be a strong idea you have there. Now I will to make an attempt at locating various goodies that closely resemble what she already has.

Posted by JL Boney, III, Columbia, SC Real Estate (Coldwell Banker) about 11 years ago