It happens to us when we grow up. When childhood fades into the past and our unconscious mind intrudes on the present. We use a specific phrase without thinking. Or we find ourselves doing a certain task in a particular way. "Oh my God!", we say with dawning realization. (Always out loud, even if no one else is there to hear it.) "I'm becoming my mother!" Inevitable, it would seem. These moments. And they surprise us. Sometimes fill us with dismay.
And if you're sixteen going on seventeen?
A moment like this can kill you dead!
It was something she said.