I’m actually dusting off a very old WFMW of my own to share this week, because it’s especially relevant in my house even as we speak. At this very moment, my oldest son (almost 13) is officially as tall as I am. I have absolutely no idea how it happened; hence, this tip...
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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
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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