There aren't any really tall people in my Mom's family. My Gramps was shorter than my Gram. My mom was about 5'2". She had two brothers that were around 5'11", but her other siblings were all fairly short. I don't remember exactly how tall they were, but all of her sisters were somewhere around 5' 1' or 2" and the other uncles probably 5'6" or so. On Dad's side, he was about 5'8" (even tho his dad and his uncle were over 6'.)
I hit my top height as a freshman in H.S. topping out at 5'' 2 1/2." I wasn't exactly a "Long, Tall Sally", but I was taller than my mom and my sister too. I couldn't swear to it, but I think my niece is about my height. When Rachlet was growing up I used to tease her that if she ever got taller than I, she would have to move out. She never did think that wa s very funny, nevertheless, she topped out at only 5'2";....a full 1/2" shorter than me....so her place in our house was secure until she was ready to move out on her own! lol! I remained the tallest woman in our immediate family. Perhaps that is why I never felt particularly short! Because I had family that WERE short and I was taller.
Rachlet's hubby, T.A. is 5"11". His dad was about the same. His mother and his sister are both around 5'5" or so. His aunts and uncles are all over the map, but none very, very tall or very, very short. Just average.
You may remember that when our Maddie-the-Great came along she was a tiny preemie....only 1 lb. 14 oz. and 13" long at birth! She stayed in the lower percentiles for weight and height for several years. Nothing all that unusual, she was just on the low side of normal. I never really gave it much thought, but I guess I assumed she would be on the short side....like the rest of the women in my family. I remember when she was first born, I was talking with an acquaintance (no one I knew well), and this woman told me her son had been a tiny preemie too but now, as an adult, he was over 6' ft. That just confirmed for me that being a preemie only affects children when they are young and there was no correlation to being a small adult. It didn't occur to me, that M-t-G could be tall!
Well somewhere about 3 or 4 years ago M-t-G began to have growth spurts that would add several inches to her height over the course of a year. Her place in the percentile rankings began to inch up (pun intended!)
That was reassuring.
It's also a little disconcerting! It seemed like she had grown every time I saw her! Well, it finally happened! When we saw her last weekend, she had grown again and when we stood back-to-back, it was clear that she was as tall as I was!! There is very little chance that she will stop growing right now and never get any taller. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if she nudged past me during the last week and when I next see her she will be ......(sob)....taller than her Grammy! (Which means she would be taller than her mom too.) She's still only 11 (6th grade) and won't even be 12 until April.... and she is as tall as a grown-up! (Okay, a short grown-up, but a grown-up just the same!!)
I wasn't finished with growing until I was 14. If she does the same that means she still has two whole YEARS of growing left to do! She could end up not only taller than her mom and I, but taller than her other Grandma and her aunt!
Either way it's pretty much the end of my reign as the tallest woman in my family! Of course, it's ridiculous to talk about being the tallest anything at only 5' 2 1/2"....that isn't tall by anybody else's definition. A fact that I am reminded of every times someone stands next to me and says, "Boy, are you short!" Still, it was my one claim to fame in our little family, I was the tallest woman.
So our M-t-G could be a "Long, Tall, Sally" before long, depending on how tall she actually gets before stopping, after all kids are bigger these days. But it's okay for her to be tall, tall women have a stronger presence, they are harder to overlook, and tall people have more self-confidence....all good things!
When I look at the photos of M-t-G when she was tiny, I am so grateful that with all she had to go through, that she is so healthy today. Our double-miracle grandchild continues to beat the odds in nearly every aspect of her life. I do have to giggle just a little though, we were all so worried when she was born and it took her 9 weeks in the NICU to grow to reach 5 lbs, so she could go home. It seemed like forever back then! I guess we needn't have worried quite so much, growing seems to be one of her very best things!