Why Didn’t I Ever Grow Up?

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(This post inspired by Sarah Cooper’s post: “When Did I Grow Up?”)

Although some who know me may disagree, this is NOT a post about failing to mature—but rather—why, oh why,Tall Boomer? ©2007 Merton & Boardman was I more blessed with short genes than with tall genes? At my tallest (we DO shrink a bit with age—a gravity-thing I suspect—I’ve lost a half inch somewhere along the way—and I’d like it back!), I reached a towering 5’6”.

It’s Dad’s fault! He comes from a very looong line of short people, reaching an astounding height of 5’4”! Mom, the shortest of her siblings, was 5’4” as well—not too bad for a woman born in 1911. Her siblings ranged from 5’8” to 6’3”, so there was some height there—but that ability to attain normal height was limited to the children of the sibling’s families—not to us.

There are some real disadvantages to being vertically challenged:

  • Having to look up to see down.
  • Having to look up to people you really don’t look up to.
  • Being patted on the top of your head—as someone’s warped idea of humor.
  • Hating Randy Newman.

BUT—there are some real advantages to being vertically challenged:

  • Not having to duck nearly as often as normal people.
  • Being able to swing my legs while sitting on a curb.
  • Being able to comfortably drive almost any car—including really neat sports cars!
  • Having less housework to do—if you don’t see it—it don’t matter!
  • A six foot long bed is just fine.
  • Not experiencing “acrophobia” merely from simply standing up.

Being short is not so bad-eh?

See you—ahem—shortly!

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Rainmaker
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Very funny Boomer. I can relate to the sports car thing. Being 6'2 265 I don't fit in any sports cars anymore. I used to when I was les "fluffy" but now I have to drive a BOAT(Big Ole' Ass Truck). I'm still looking though as I desparelty want another convertible. Bu they don't make fat guy Dodge Vipers yet:)
Aug 26, 2007 02:33 AM #1
Rainer
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Broker Bryant - Sorry to learn of you disability ;-) !

(Oh crap--photozou is down yet again and our graphics are missing from Danger Bay!)

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Aug 26, 2007 02:42 AM #2
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As of 10:15am CDT the graphics are back. I wonder if they'll stay up...I guess I'll find out...shortly! ;-)

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Aug 26, 2007 03:17 AM #3
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LOL Boomer... My step dad was 6 foot 4 and had trouble with cars. Mom loves sports cars and he had to go sit in them before she would buy them to make sure he could sit in them.
Aug 26, 2007 03:28 AM #4
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:oD!!

My step Dad is 6'4" and my Mom is about 5' -- they're really cute together.  They have a car that self-adjusts the seats for each of them.  (Wish my car knew that trick.)

In my driver's ed course I was matched up with another short girl and they gave us the sports car.  It was great until we set it on fire.   

Aug 26, 2007 03:35 AM #5
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Lysa, I owned a '67 Datsun Roadster - similar to an MGB, in the early 70's. It was a lot of fun!

Yeah Sarah - I wish Teresa had self-adjusting seats - on those occasions that I drive her car, I have to stand outside and move the electric seat back far enough to even get in the car

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Aug 26, 2007 03:38 AM #6
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Hi Boomer! I understand completely I'm 5'3 and my kids are taller than me. My mom is 5'2 and my dad is 6'0 so some are tall and most are short in our family.....and a lot of us have height envy, but you're right there are benefits. :)
Aug 26, 2007 06:52 AM #7
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Pamela: "Shorty" must be napping! You'd think the lad would've figured out by now, he's not gonna grow...up...just out...anymore.

Jay 

Aug 26, 2007 08:15 AM #8
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We are what our genes make us. 

I just got a new driver's license Monday.  Passed the vision test without glasses and I'm good for another 5 years. 

I'm going to be the oldest person on the road legally driving without glasses.

It's those great genes.

Aug 26, 2007 09:13 AM #9
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Jay: You don’t exactly resemble a skyscraper yourself! Your life story would also be a short story about an ancient life form!

Lenn: That’s great! I envy you just a bit—I’ve had to wear corrective lenses since the age of eight.

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Aug 26, 2007 09:49 AM #10
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Boomer I am 5'-8" and I am not looking forward to shrinking that 1/2".  But I guess I can look at it on the bright side, I won't have to reach down as far to tie my shoes :)
Aug 26, 2007 12:27 PM #11
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But George, what one loses in height is exacerbated by a loss of flexibility--the shoes won't get any easier.

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Aug 26, 2007 01:13 PM #12
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Thanks Boomer, now the one thing that I was looking forward to isn't going to happen ..... LOL

So in that case I want to keep my 1/2" :) 

Aug 26, 2007 01:26 PM #13
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I've always been short and will always only look at the advantages....that's the way I am.  I'm glad I'm in your club (5'4" here).
Aug 27, 2007 02:15 PM #14
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Ines: Club? Sure...with very short meetings!

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Aug 27, 2007 08:06 PM #15
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