DOPPLEMAMMAS

We love meeting the mothers of our friends -- it's like looking at the original version of an artwork that I really, really like. Sometimes the similarities are so striking, especially when you can align two photos of a person at a certain point in their life next to a photo of their mother (or grandmother) at a certain point. Do that, and presto! You've got twins. 

Below are a bunch of photographs we collected from our friends and family -- mothers, the originators, on the left, and their spawn on the right. Some look similar as infants, some were doppelgängers during the teenage years. Enjoy!

"Her name was Freda. She died when I was 15. Because of my age when she died and the difference in our backgrounds (she grew up on a farm in the 30s with a Catholic family, I grew up in a city in the 90s with a feminist mom), at the time she died I came to view her as a tragic symbol of life before feminism. I interpreted her life story as being very sad and cautionary--she had seven kids, was a housewife, always was a very traditional woman. But now, I know I was just judging her through my own desires--I think she actually led a very interesting and fulfilling life. She would probably view my life--childless, unmarried, always moving around--as somewhat sad, but she was the kind of person that wouldn't have judged me."

"Her name was Freda. She died when I was 15. Because of my age when she died and the difference in our backgrounds (she grew up on a farm in the 30s with a Catholic family, I grew up in a city in the 90s with a feminist mom), at the time she died I came to view her as a tragic symbol of life before feminism. I interpreted her life story as being very sad and cautionary--she had seven kids, was a housewife, always was a very traditional woman. But now, I know I was just judging her through my own desires--I think she actually led a very interesting and fulfilling life. She would probably view my life--childless, unmarried, always moving around--as somewhat sad, but she was the kind of person that wouldn't have judged me."

"My mom loves to copy my orders at restaurants. That is to say, she usually lets me order first, but the truth is I'm falling into her habits of fifty plus years. (She'll tell you I'm finally coming to my senses.) If I'm having a broccoli and cheddar omelette, rye toast, so is she. And she's telling the waitress in this off the cuff way, laughing, "well, I'll have the exact same thing!" Then she looks at me. "Too funny, Fraylie." The loose translation, I assume, is, "she insisted for so long that she'd never be like me, and now look. Just look!" And then to me: "Fraylie, I told you so." I think it's a source of great pleasure for her. She gets this look on her face that it's the ultimate joy to sit down for breakfast, not rip each others' hair out, and eat broccoli and cheddar omelettes with a side of rye toast."

"My mom loves to copy my orders at restaurants. That is to say, she usually lets me order first, but the truth is I'm falling into her habits of fifty plus years. (She'll tell you I'm finally coming to my senses.) If I'm having a broccoli and cheddar omelette, rye toast, so is she. And she's telling the waitress in this off the cuff way, laughing, "well, I'll have the exact same thing!" Then she looks at me. "Too funny, Fraylie." The loose translation, I assume, is, "she insisted for so long that she'd never be like me, and now look. Just look!" And then to me: "Fraylie, I told you so." I think it's a source of great pleasure for her. She gets this look on her face that it's the ultimate joy to sit down for breakfast, not rip each others' hair out, and eat broccoli and cheddar omelettes with a side of rye toast."

 "The thing that I love most about my mom is how she treats everyone like equals and will drop anything for the people that she loves. She's a giver."

 "The thing that I love most about my mom is how she treats everyone like equals and will drop anything for the people that she loves. She's a giver."

"I love that my mom can be serious at times, while also being open-minded and naively curious. She believes in ghosts and God. And mermen and UFOs. I remember her constantly telling me that there's a lot in the world that we can't explain. She's played a huge role in teaching me humility, humbleness, and just keeping a healthy sense of wonder about the world."

"I love that my mom can be serious at times, while also being open-minded and naively curious. She believes in ghosts and God. And mermen and UFOs. I remember her constantly telling me that there's a lot in the world that we can't explain. She's played a huge role in teaching me humility, humbleness, and just keeping a healthy sense of wonder about the world."

"My mom rode her bike with me to school each day when I was a little kid. One time I stopped short at the top of a hill and my mom crashed right into me. Aside from that, it was a wonderful time. "

"My mom rode her bike with me to school each day when I was a little kid. One time I stopped short at the top of a hill and my mom crashed right into me. Aside from that, it was a wonderful time. "

"M mother had a pet lion for a while... until it misbehaved and bit the maid in the leg. Let's just say the Stasi in East Germany was not too bad at times."

"M mother had a pet lion for a while... until it misbehaved and bit the maid in the leg. Let's just say the Stasi in East Germany was not too bad at times."

"My mom is one of the happiest people I know. She's my best friend- I call her everyday. We talk about everything and nothing. The other day, she recounted a story about how a bird landed in her hand and laid three little eggs, which then hatched. In her hand!"

"My mom is one of the happiest people I know. She's my best friend- I call her everyday. We talk about everything and nothing. The other day, she recounted a story about how a bird landed in her hand and laid three little eggs, which then hatched. In her hand!"

"My mother creates without effort. And: what she creates seems inseparable from her. I long, in my own work, for this kind of instinctive handling of material. Unlike the rest of us, she doesn’t worry about what she doesn’t know — she bypasses uncertainty, she is on the move — and so she is a singer, a songwriter, an actor, a painter, a filmmaker, a poet. She gives birth, brings to light, dando la luz, again and again; it comes easy; it is artless. Mother. Of all your many names this is the one I like best, the one you credit me with giving, but that was yours long before. Mother, creator, named before I named you."

"My mother creates without effort. And: what she creates seems inseparable from her. I long, in my own work, for this kind of instinctive handling of material. Unlike the rest of us, she doesn’t worry about what she doesn’t know — she bypasses uncertainty, she is on the move — and so she is a singer, a songwriter, an actor, a painter, a filmmaker, a poet. She gives birth, brings to light, dando la luz, again and again; it comes easy; it is artless. Mother. Of all your many names this is the one I like best, the one you credit me with giving, but that was yours long before. Mother, creator, named before I named you."

"Sometimes, when I talk to her, I feel like I'm talking to myself. There is no doubt that we are related. No DNA test needed.

"Sometimes, when I talk to her, I feel like I'm talking to myself. There is no doubt that we are related. No DNA test needed.

"Things I like about my mom- she's crazy patient and is never shy about her age. Whenever my dad teases her, she just lets the jokes roll off her and remains collected. My dad calls her "Serious Khanum" (farsi for "Lady")."

"Things I like about my mom- she's crazy patient and is never shy about her age. Whenever my dad teases her, she just lets the jokes roll off her and remains collected. My dad calls her "Serious Khanum" (farsi for "Lady")."

"Mami has a will as solid as a lion."

"Mami has a will as solid as a lion."