Sunday, February 05, 2006

The Race to be the Next...Incredible Shrinking Person!

After church today, Daddy, Mama, Rachel and I were in the parsonage kitchen, talking about the section of wall beside the door which has people's measurements written on it. Many houses have these shrines to growth- a series of little dashes with initials or names next to them, chronicling the milestones of development. And then, Daddy came up with an idea that I had never thought of before, and which I thought was very peculiar, funny, and altogether Daddyish. He suggested that he and Mama should start keeping a chart record of their heights...to see who will SHRINK the fastest as they age!

A backwards growth chart! How morbid is that?! It conjures up a bizarre, "Far Side"-ish image of an old person slumping next to the wall chart, holding a pencil level with their head: 'Yesssss! I've lost two inches this year!'

9 comments:

Amy said...

That's too funny!! One of these days it will be you and Brad competing to see who shrinks the fastest. (But not anytime soon!!)

Laughter said...

Hahahahahahaha...

lis said...

Trying not to laugh while proctoring a test. (That's a new one) :O)

the Joneses said...

For several years at Chestnut Hill, on the last 9:00 hour before school started, Mr. C.K. would bring along several rolls of calculator paper. Each child was measured, and then we'd cut off a strip of paper that matched our height. The paper was put into a glass jar, which was then stored in the poultry house until the next summer, when we'd bring the jar out and see how much we'd grown.

One year, I think the paper was rolled too tightly and stretched. I ended up shrinking an inch :)

--DJ

Loreo said...

Oh my word, that's too funny!

ljmax said...

Very Daddyish, indeed!

DJ said...

I like that idea. Then others can come down to my level :)

KW said...

Daaaaaaddddddddyyyyyyy!!!!!!!

Linds said...

Evan and Jill just started the upwards growth chart, and last week all us got measured. As Jill put the pencil to the wall above my head, Jed said, "Wow - you're really short!" Here's hoping for not much shrinkage my next few years!