Last Friday I received the nicest surprise. My Aunt Mary had been doing some spring cleaning and found an old newspaper clipping that she thought I would enjoy another copy of. Fourteen years ago, when K was 9 months old, the Indianapolis Star (our main city newspaper) was running a parent/child lookalike contest. If you had always been told that your child looked like you or you resembled your parent, the Star was encouraging you to send in a snapshot. Mark's mom had read about it in the paper and thought that Mark and K were perfect for this contest. So, I, being the procrastinator that I am, scrambled to send in a photo of them together on the deadline day. Honestly, I had forgotten all about it, until i received a phone call several weeks later from an editor at the paper. She told me that there were several hundred entries and that they had all been displayed on the wall in the employee cafeteria at the Star. Employees were asked to vote on their pick for best lookalike parent/child duo and when the votes were counted, Mark and K won hands down. We knew in advance that there was no prize involved, but they did ask us to go downtown to the Star and have their picture taken by a Star professional photographer. They told us that their picture would appear in an upcoming edition of the paper, along with several other lookalike winners. We were thrilled and having their picture taken by the photog was prize enough for us. About two weeks later, we were stunned when we opened the Sunday paper to find their sweet, larger-than-life portrait splashed across a two page spread. Wow!
Under their photo, it reads: LIKE DAD, LIKE DAUGHTER: When Mark McDonough of Carmel gets up close and personal with K, his 9-month-old daughter, it's clear that the apple didn't fall far from the tree.
The Star was kind enough to give us this black and white proof print. I had it framed for Mark for Father's Day that year.
It's funny, it's been hanging in our play room for years and years and I pass it all the time without much thought. Aunt Mary's sweet letter brought back a really fun memory. Thanks, Aunt Mary...love you!