Father’s Day is the time to celebrate your dad. It is also a good time to evaluate whether you’re actually turning into him. Have you suddenly taken an interest in grilling? Do you have trouble understanding rap lyrics? Here are the telltale signs that the transition is under way.
1. You’re wearing cardigans.
Has your collection of Cosby sweaters outgrown all the other clothing in your closet? Then you may be turning into your dad.
2. You’ve embraced “mandals.”
These shoes are a marker of adulthood. Once you get the mandals, you can’t go back. If you find yourself wearing these with socks, you are too far gone—your youth is over.
3. You find yourself muttering these sayings.
You may be turning into your dad if you’ve recently said, “You’re wasting all my good electricity” or another classic “black proverb.”
4. You suddenly have a passion for grilling.
Nothing says you’re turning into your father more than busting out the grill on a regular basis. Bonus points if you’re doing it while wearing the mandals.
5. You have trouble understanding rap lyrics.
If you have no idea what Drake, Lil Wayne or Nicki Minaj are talking about in their songs, you might be morphing into you father—or, worse, your grandfather.
6. Social media confuses you.
Snapchat? Instagram? Tumblr? If you find yourself saying, “Back in my day, we had Black Planet,” then you might be turning into your father.
7. You ask your barber for a sensible haircut.
No high-top fade, no waves, no dye, no parts, just a simple, sensible fade. If your hair is starting to look more like Barack Obama’s and less like your favorite rapper’s, you’re probably turning into your father.
8. You’re becoming an expert complainer (usually while sitting on your couch).
Have you been debating politics, religion or sports from the comfort of your sofa? Then yes, you have turned into your dad.
9. Your hairline has receded and your stomach has grown out.
It’s time to face reality if your hairline is nowhere to be found and your stomach isn’t as flat as it used to be. “You look just like your father” isn’t always a compliment.
Diamond Sharp is an editorial fellow at The Root. Follow her on Twitter.