Thursday, June 21, 2007

It's NOT Genetic - Thank Goodness

I come from a family of four boys. I am #2 son. All of my brothers tower over me in terms of size. All of them are over six feet tall. As a reference look at the picture above. This picture was taken in about 1957. I am the sharp looking one, second from the right.

At this time I was 10 years old. My older brother to my right was only THIRTEEN years old. Compare his height to mine....My younger brothers to the left of me were 5 years and 2 years old at the time. Compare their height to mine. I didn't break the five foot barrier until I was in my teens and topped out at a hair under 5'7" in my "mature" years.

So, you're wondering why my title says "It's Not Genetic - Thank Goodness". Tall is good, right? Not necessarily. Not if you're not. There are a lot more things much more important. Looks comes to mind as one benchmark.

Not even 20 years later here's what happened to #3 son.

Not even 20 years later here's what happened to #4 son.

Number one son learned his lesson early on and avoided telling photographs, so I don't have any pictures of him to prove my point but you can clearly see the trend in sons #3 and why would you doubt my word about #1 son?

They say that blood is thicker than water and it is. In spite of the unfortunate turn of events for them, I still love them. I know they were stricken by a hideous genetic trait that I was destined to avoid. I "rose above it" in a non-gravitational way.

Today we are all pretty scattered across the continent and don't get together too often. Through the magic of computers and the internet, however, we stay in touch.....So, #1, #3 and #4, just to let you know, I feel your pain and I'm here for ya bros.

Thanks for visiting.


Vic Grace said...

Wow that is a size difference. I have three sons and I am pleased to say that unlike many families they like each other and do phone each other on occasion.

2time2tall said...

...but tall is good, Circle Boy!

Are you trying to initiate gyroscopic precession?

Rico Silver said...

That's amazing how they can all be so different from you. Tall is not always good, you are right. Of course I'm only 5'5" so you are tall to me. :)

Kristi Smith said...

LOL at this one. I think I found your site through PW's site. I forwarded it onto my Dad. I figured it was right up his alley. We spent every summer in Poudre Canyon when went on vacation. We live in MO.

My family is tall, everyone but me!=)


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