When I was a girl, my parents regularly charted my growth by marking my height on my closet door facing. It’s a lovely idea, of course, with one big hitch–when my parents moved out of my childhood home a few years ago, my mom was devastated to leave those measurements behind. That prompted me to come up with a more permanent solution for our family.
I bought a long piece of lightweight lumber at Home Depot (about 2 inches wide, and six feet tall–it looks and feels like a very tall yardstick), and divided it into three long columns on the front, using a Sharpie marker. Each boy has his own column, and we mark his height that way. When Corrie entered the picture, we began marking her height on the back (you could easily mark up to six or eight kids on one stick this way). It’s portable, stored away in a closet and pulled out every few months. Best of all, I will be able to keep it always, mounting it to the wall in my nursing home someday, when I am old and gray and need to be reminded of the fast-growing little monkeys that lived in my house all these years.
Here’s a full-length shot of our growth chart (the mystery stains on the carpet are included simply for your viewing pleasure). You can see where the boys’ names are written at the bottom of each column:
This has been such a fun thing to have–very cheap, and a real treasure.
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