Caitlin has always been a little taller than average for her age.
One day she came up to me all serious and asked “Daddee, am I tall?”
“Yes darling, you are considered tall for your age. Why?”
“I heard Grandma and Mummee telling their friends and say that I am tall.. and I don’t like when they laugh at me..”
“They are not laughing at you; why would you think that?”
“It’s ok, maybe even good, that you are tall for your age. You know how you are in Pre-3 class where your friends are at least more than a year older than you?”
“Well, even though you may be the youngest there at least you are not the shortest.”
“I guess… but I don’t like it when they laugh at me..”
“They are not laughing at you, they are just saying that you are. Well, now that you are tall, don’t you think that it’s good, that you can reach for things by yourself now? You can almost touch the light switches now when you jump, wash your hands now without a stool, you feet now being able to reach the ground when you cycle?”
Years ago when I was an adolescent I remember a conversation my parents had with Dr Pixie. I can’t recall how the topic was brought up, but it revolved around someone who was still quite short for his/her age, and Dr Pixie said there was something- either a shot or taken orally (hormones?) that can assist this kid in a growth spurt.
“Wouldn’t that just make him grow faster, rather than taller (eventually)?” I asked.
Dr Pixie looked at me, almost looking glad that someone asked that. “Good question” she said readily, “that could very well be the case- yes”- to which my brother gave me a thumbs-up “Can be a doctor!”
Dr Pixie proceeded to offer that ultimately it was still one’s genetics that determined a person’s height.
I am happy that Caitlin is tall for her age- she is not too tall, just that she therefore appears older than her age. Call me discriminating, but I’d prefer her to ultimately be an average height woman. I have seen really tall ladies and I do know they have trouble finding men!
Would I personally be intimidated about dating a taller woman? Possibly. I say this because I suppose I’d never approached and chat up anyone taller than I!
There’s something I just revealed about myself; well we also know that I am not a doctor, as much as I’d like to be