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Monday
Aug252008

inch by inch

When I was growing up we had a little growth chart, really just some marks on a wall in the hallway downstairs. About once a year my parents would measure my siblings and I, writing our names and the date next to each mark.

I remember trying to stand as tall and as straight as I possible could, praying I had grown at least an inch. My brothers would try to out do each other, wearing their sneakers or standing on their tippy toes, but dad always made sure heels were flat on the floor.

Six children grew up, inch by inch. Over time, the growth chart told the story of our family.

When I was sixteen, we moved to a different city. I was terribly sad to leave our home, but inconsolable when I realized the growth chart would be staying behind as well. 

Four years ago, my husband and I welcomed our first child, a son. When he was barely able to stand, we hung a piece of flat molding vertically on the wall and marked his height. I was determined to have a growth chart that could stay with us as we moved from house to house. New marks for our second child, a daughter, soon followed.

After ten years in New York City, we recently moved to California, back to the town I grew up in. The growth chart now hangs in our new home. The children love to be measured, they try to stand as tall as they can, arching their feet and tilting their heads to gain an extra inch. We make sure their heels are flat on the floor and carefully write their names and the date next to each mark.

This journal serves as a different type of growth chart. I'm not certain what it will become, but I'm happy to know it will always be here. 

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Reader Comments (5)

That's a great idea! My grandparents marked our height on a wall by the kitchen in their condo. No growth chart, just straight onto the wall. It was really sad when they died because we couldn't take the growth chart with us. I'm sure it got painted over pretty soon after. I'll have to start one for my kids.

09.2.2008 | Unregistered CommenterAndi

Just found your lovely blog through designmom. We had started a growth chart on a exposed "stud" in our old basement. When we moved, my husband cut it out and replaced it so we could take it with us!

09.9.2008 | Unregistered CommenterKari

Got here from Design Mom and agree with her that it's my new FAVORITE! I'm Google Reading you ---right now--- great stuff :)

09.10.2008 | Unregistered CommenterLucky Red Hen

What a beautiful and brilliant idea; those type of sentimental things should be able to continue the journey through a family's life, and you certainly figured out a wonderful way to allow that to happen with your growth chart!

09.20.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

What a lovely journal. I love it! :) Thanks for sharing.

09.30.2008 | Unregistered CommenterCicilia

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