Our boys are about two and a half years apart in age. They could not be more different if they tried. Yes, they come from the same gene pool and depending on whether they are next to mommy or daddy will depend on who they look more like. That is where it ends.
They are both smart, very very smart. One is intellectual, the other has street smarts. One likes music, the other likes sports. One likes to build and learn, the other likes to demolish. One is careful and cautious, the other throws caution to the wind and dives head first. They are both good eaters. One exhibits control, the other acts like he has not seen a meal in ten years. They are both good looking, cute boys (I know we are biased, but this is from strangers on the street). One has lighter features, the other has darker features.
We definitely wonder how they are related given they are so different. Then we watch them play - our youngest follows the older like a puppy dog. He wants to do what he does. He wants to play what he plays. He wants to read what he reads. He is doing his best imitation of his older brother in his own way. He observe him and mimic his behavior again and again. Our oldest does not always want or like all of the attention he receives from his younger brother, but we explain to him that he simply wants to spend time with him and learn from him.
Imitation is the finest form of flattery...