Thursday, September 18, 2014

I can't help it. It's my face!



 By Mary Jane Maffini aka Victoria Abbott and her eyebrows

You hope your children and grandchildren inherit your good points and not your less than sterling qualities. You really do.  But it’s not going that way for me and mine.  

Today I was warned that the latest child in our large and ever expanding  family has inherited my raised eyebrows, widely considered to be weapons of mass destruction.



Known as The Look or The Eyebrow, this facial fur has struck fear into many hearts for a lot of years now, not that there's anything wrong with that in my humble opinion..

However, here are some commonly overheard comments about my eyebrows from my daughters:   

Look out, we have lift-off. Run!

When her eyebrows hit the hairline, make yourself scarce.

I think Mom’s eyebrows might be on the back of her head now.  That can't be good.

Or the latest: Is there such a thing as Irritable Eyebrow Syndrome?

Very funny,  I don’t think I’m all that scary, I mean, if you toe the line. 

But then I received these pictures of baby Ella, my great-grandaughter  who is usually sunny with the happiest disposition,  I appears she has perfected The Look.  Let me tell you, it gave me something to think about.

Here, she's really working it!

The message is clearly:  Mummy, you’d better hop to it. 

For some reason, this inspired great hilarity around our family. Not sure I fully understand, but wanted to share.

So is there an expression, facial or verbal, that gets things going in your family? Let’s hear it. Don’t let me be all alone here, my friends.

20 comments:

Gram said...

She's adorable! :-)

mary kennedy said...

She does have "the look"--I love it!! She is adorable. So glad you posted these lovely photos, such a sweetie.

Diane LaBrie Leverson said...

Raised eyebrows or not, she sure is a cutie.

Vicki said...

The Teacher Look....we have lots of teachers in our family and they each have perfected their Teacher Look. My brother-in-law's is particularly awesome and would strike fear in anyone.

Nancy said...

Gorgeous baby! I do see The Eyebrows, yes, she has them. They'll serve her well in this life. My mother had the look. They called it The Lempriere Look after her mother's maiden name and apparently, family trait. My mom never raised her voice. She didn't have to. She merely Looked. I tell you, it could light a fire under you...or turn you into a pillar of salt or stone, or ice. My kids told me that I have The Look, too. My daughters have it and so does my granddaughter. Not my grandson, so I guess it's a woman thing.

Leann Sweeney said...

What an adorable child! You gave her a gift! :-)

Karen in Ohio said...

What a cutie. Who is lucky she inherited her beautiful grandmother's features!

No "looks" inherited, that I'm aware of. But my daughter constantly bemoans the gift of my thighs, and that she got her dad's skin instead of mine. As if I had any say in the matter.

Duffy Brown said...

My grandson has all his father’s facial expressions. Cracks us all up. Mimi-Dave.

Maggie Sefton said...

She's absolutely adorable, eyebrows, too. :) For the record, M.J., I've never noticed anything unusual about your eyebrows. Of course, all four daughters plus grandchildren, too, have inherited my highly verbal and dramatic streak-----so maybe our eyebrows are raised a lot so we don't even notice it.

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Gram! BTW, I am known as Gram around these parts as was my mother before me. Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Thanks, Mary, and thanks for the boost on Facebook too.

XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I agree, Diane! Usually she's smiling too. Thanks for coming by.

XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I love teacher looks! They are worth practicing. Of course, I was a teacher for a few years before I became a librarian. Both professions need a bit of eyebrow.

Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

I think you're right, Nancy. It is a woman thing. And we need it. Love the story about your mother.

Thanks for coming by. Glad you liked Wee Ella.

Hugs!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

She is as cute as anything and with two older brothers. she'll need those eyebrows!

Thanks, Leann.

XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

You made me laugh out loud, Karen, with the skin and thighs comment. Around here the complaints are about inheriting my 'bum' as we say in Canada and their father's chins.

Thanks for your lovely comment!

XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Mini-Dave! I had an image there, Duffy!

XO

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Maggie, when I read about you and your daughters, I often wonder what it's like around all of you! Highly verbal and dramatic. Yup. Fun too. XO

Lynda Turpin said...

Ella is absolutely precious. Maybe she has observed you giving "The Look". Babies are so good at mimicking us. I constantly laugh at my great grandniece when she copies things we do or say. But you have to be really careful WHAT they observe or someday they may mimic something that will embarrass you!

Mary Jane Maffini said...

Good advice, Lynda. They really can do that. I'll stay on my toes.

XO

MJ