April 13, 2013

A Clipped Conversation Between Mother and Son at Prom

I've posted before, we aren't big people. If I were going to describe our family, I'd say were were short, agile, smart, cerebral, quick thinking, and observant.

Tall didn't make that list, but as I've told Ringo in the past, "God gave us all a basket of blessings. Nobody gets everything. I like what I got. I'd not give up any of it to be Tall."

He has disagreed, being oh so very disappointed when he realized he was not going to attain his dream of being 6'4".

I never know exactly what to say. Let's look at Ringo's data, shall we?

Mom- 5'2"
Paternal grandfather- 5'5"
Maternal grandfather- 5'5"
Paternal grandmother- 5'2"
Maternal grandmother- 5'2"
Maternal G-Gmother #1- 5'
Maternal G-Gmother #2- 4'11 (maybe)

So looking at the empirical data, nowhere in that direct line is there anyone who was going to offer any type of gene of the vertical kind.

Anyway, it bugs him sometimes, as it appears he's tapped out at 5'4", but the initial shock is off, and he's moved on.

For the most part, it's still not something to joke about and I suspect it never will be.

Most mothers at Prom, I suspect, get all sappy. But this is ME. And Ringo. Sappy will be Bones. Ringo and me? Not.so.much.

The kids all rode to Prom on a 'party bus'. So we met at a club of some kind 30 minutes south of us. We were milling around as pictures were being taken.

Me: Good Lord, these girls are tall. And, they're all wearing like 6 inch heels. I didn't know they made them that tall.

Ringo: They are.

Me: I swear these girls are all 5'10" to 6'4"

Ringo: I know...



Me: It's the hormones.

Ringo: Hormones?

Me: In the milk.

Ringo: I need hormones

Me: I fed you organic.

Ringo: Damn you.


Ringo senior Prom2.jpg

Posted by Boudicca at April 13, 2013 09:52 AM

That's utterly adorable and he looks stunning to boot! Hope he had a wonderful prom!

Posted by: pam at April 13, 2013 01:14 PM

He has looks and brains. He is going to be fine.

Posted by: vwbug at April 13, 2013 01:56 PM

He's a good looking kid. He has no worries.
If it really bothers him, Asian women are an option.

Posted by: K-nine at April 13, 2013 06:21 PM

Yes, Asian women - although I've met a few alarmingly tall Chinese people.

Posted by: PeggyU at April 14, 2013 12:44 AM

My grandmother was born way before her time. She married a man at least five inches shorter than she. She refused to convert and raised her children in her faith. This all took place in the 1920's. Surely women of today should be smart enough to know it's not height that makes a man. Ringo don't make your decision on the height of a woman either but on the whole package. Remember you can't have it all and neither can she. Go for your priorities and let the rest take care of itself.

Posted by: mom at April 14, 2013 10:58 AM

Mom- Well you saw his prom date. She was a good 4-6" taller than he is. And they looked lovely together.

Then again, I use the term 'date' loosely. It was completely a case of 'hey, I'm going to prom, you're going to prom, why don't I buy you a corsage and you buy me a boutonniere and we'll go together?"

And my husband and I were talking... there was a girl there that was 6'5" with her 6 inch heels. I was really happy that she was so comfortable that she stood tall and didn't wear flats. I LOVED that.

Posted by: Bou at April 14, 2013 03:42 PM

He's got the perfect proportion to fill up any camera field, however. Hollywood perfect. Doesn't hurt that he's a handsome young man. You must be very proud!

Posted by: Joan of Argghh! at April 14, 2013 07:49 PM

Joan- Mostly! Heh! He's 18. We are touch and go sometimes... good grief. The stories I cannot put on the internet...

Posted by: Bou at April 14, 2013 10:06 PM