Maybe nothing could bring a smile to a mother’s face on Mother’s Day as much as hearing someone say that her daughter looks like her sister.

For several Galveston County moms, that is an everyday occurrence.

“When we go out to eat, I am always asked if I want to split the bill with my sister,” Wendy Wade of Santa Fe said.

The comparisons don’t stop there.

“When I am on the (College of the Mainland) campus to visit my daughter, people think I’m also a student,” Wade, 36, said.

Her daughter confirms her mom’s reports.

“Ever since I turned 13 years old and when I got taller people started saying we look alike,” Wade’s daughter Kendall Roberts, 17, said. “I think it is funny.”

Cassidy Chambers, 18, was walking the halls of Santa Fe High School when a teacher ran up to her.

“She asked me who my mom was because they went to high school together, and she said I looked just like my mom,” Chambers said.

Her classmates are just as impressed with how much Chambers looks like her mother, Cindy Wohleb, 37.

“All the students and teachers ask if I am a student when I walk (onto the campus),” Wohleb said.

Chambers said many of her guy friends aren’t shy to tell her that her mother “is hot.”

Wohleb said when she hears such comments she at first reacts as if she were offended, but admits she secretly enjoys the attention.

Le Bergin, 41, has a somewhat different dilemma. She says people often mistake her mother, Yvonne Weber, 60, for her sister. Meanwhile they mistake Bergin’s sister Lauren Smith, 30, for her daughter.

“It’s horrible,” Bergin said. “My mom will forever be considered my sister and my sister will be my daughter.”

Weber doesn’t help the situation. Every holiday gathering she and her daughters are required to wear the same outfits.

“The thing is my mom pulls off any outfit so that she looks younger than us,” Bergin said.

What’s the secret? The owner of Island Boot Camp said staying fit is key but that genetics play a big part.

“Whenever people ask how I look so young and fit I tell them, ‘Look at my mom,’” Bergin said. “It comes from the genetics.”

Dickinson resident Angela Jenkins and her daughter Taylor Jenkins get a kick out of being told they look like sisters.

“She is my little best friend,” Angela, 43, said of her 14-year-old daughter. “We do a lot of shopping together and we sing (duets) in the car when going places.”

While she likes that her mom is more of a friend, Taylor admires her mother for something beyond similar looks.

“She is really hard working,” Taylor said of her mother, who is the public relations director for Bay Area Medical Center in Webster. “She never gives up on something she believes in and supports me all the time.”

One common theme from all the daughters The Daily News spoke with for this story was the love and support that the moms offer.

“She is my best friends, my backbone,” Darrian Sweeney, 16, said of her mother Andrea Cruz. “And I think she looks hot.”

Cruz, 43, of Santa Fe, said that it wasn’t until recently that people started commenting about similar appearances.

“It’s just been lately,” Cruz said. “We run around to the mall, and people have been saying that we could be sisters.

“It really didn’t start until I started working out and losing weight.”

Sweeney loves her mom, but beamed when talking of her pride to see her mother working to get fit.

“I think she is remarkable,” Sweeney said. “She’s worked really hard to lose the weight, and that makes me proud.”

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or tjaulds@galvnews.com.

(4) comments

Andy Aycoth

I have seen granddaughters look just like their grandma did in their younger days.
Not only look like but had allot of the mannerisms
Happy Mother's Day to all to mothers out there . There is no greater gift than to be a mother.

Lars Faltskog

OMG...is this article for real? Well, my older brother looks as old as my dad and people say so a lot. Now, THAT's a bummer. Hopefully, one is compared to their mom/daughter or son/father for good (not bad) reasons.

Be glad if you still have your youthful good looks. Sooner or later, we'll all start looking like Grandpa Jones and Minnie Pearl. That is, if we're Anglo. Now, as for other folks: How about Medea, or Fred Sanford? If you're Filipino, how would you like to look like Ferdinand Marcos? How about Latino women who soon will look like Lupe Onitveros? We all were young and pretty at once. Do you think Sofia Vergara will always look like she does now?

Beauty is on the inside. Soon, we'll all be at the assisted living home comparing how we all look like each other.

Kay Elsbury

Seriously? THIS is what people care about? Yeah, when my daughter was in high school people thought we were sisters...probably because I was a teen when I had her. That is not newsworthy. Could we be any more shallow?

Lars Faltskog

Response to Anymouse posted at 6:41 am on Tue, May 13, 2014:

Your post made my day. I was wondering about the simplicity of all of this too, and was hoping I wasn't the only one picking up on it.

Seems as though some of these "youthful moms who look like their daughters" should encourage their look-alikes to judge people by who they are and not how they look. Looks and charm fade. Anyone remember Grizabella from "Cats"? Time to grow old gracefully.

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