This is a photo of my paternal grandfather, Robert. He must have added, “Do I look like Rich?” long after the photo was taken and his son (my dad, Rich) was born. The question led me to think about how our faces are stamped with the features of prior generations.
Below is a family picture from Thanksgiving 2009 showing me, 7 of my 8 siblings, and my parents. Our smiles, chins, eyes, and face shapes link us together and join us to our parents and grandparents.
As an aside, the building in the background of my grandfather’s picture is the Villa Riviera, which was a brand new building in 1929 and is now on the National Registry of Historic Places.