The height thing.
For a couple of years, when Bossy’s son was in his mid-teens, Bossy’s husband was all, “You’re really getting tall. Look! You’re almost taller than me,” even when it wasn’t true. And sister mercy, there’d be Bossy’s son, backing up to his doorframe where the Bossy family has kept track of his height for ten years — and most of the time there’d be no change, or maybe he’d even be slightly shorter than the last optimistic marking.
But then one day when no one was looking, Bossy’s son actually did surpass Bossy’s husband’s height. Hah!
Dharmamama saysJuly 22, 2009 at 7:58 am
BOTH of my sons – the 16-year-old AND the ten-year-old – are taller than me. Didn’t even realize it ’til I saw a picture of all 3 of us together. For some reason, it makes me feel proud, like: look what I made!
You have some mighty fine-lookin’ men in your life!!
MariaV saysJuly 22, 2009 at 8:09 am
Height never looked so good. 🙂
My 18 year old niece is taller than me. I’m the shortest in my family at 4’11”. She is almost 6′.
hulagirl saysJuly 22, 2009 at 8:29 am
Someone’s going to have to comb his hair a little higher.
corrie saysJuly 22, 2009 at 8:46 am
It looks like Bossy’s DH is being a little slouched there… perhaps to be the ‘bigger man’ and let his son ‘win’ ?
dgm saysJuly 22, 2009 at 9:02 am
They say boys can keep growing after high school and through college, so this may not be the end of it.
BH saysJuly 22, 2009 at 9:07 am
Sheesh. He makes 6′ look positively diminutive?!?!
PS. That’s not actually a slouch… Maybe a slight hip jut!
ashley saysJuly 22, 2009 at 9:08 am
I’ve been wanting to say this for a long time but was afraid of the rath of Bossy. But sister mercy (as Bossy would say) Bossy’s son is ridiculously good looking!!!!
I’m only in my twenties. I’m allowed to say that right?
Hokie Deb (www.WebSavyMom.com) saysJuly 22, 2009 at 9:40 am
–>Bossy’s husband needs to slightly lift up his heels when no one is looking to accommodate. I do it all the time!
Colleen saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:02 am
Holy cripes! Bossy’s son has THE most seductive eyes!
Grandma J saysJuly 22, 2009 at 10:15 am
Life comes at you fast! Kids shoot up and parents shrink.
In the meantime, we have Dondi and Babe hanging out in the scorching Texas sun.
Jenn @ Juggling Life saysJuly 22, 2009 at 11:57 am
In our family even our daughter may end up taller than Dad. She’s 5’9 and he’s 5’10–the question is, is she done yet?
anne marie in philly saysJuly 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm
even MORE hubba hubba!
I could watch these two alllllllllll dayyyyyy longggggggg also!
reen saysJuly 22, 2009 at 12:11 pm
Those are two fine-looking tall guys! I always like the crazy blurry thing Bossy does with her photos, it makes the subjects pop off the screen. But in the case of these two, no additional effects are necessary!
Amber Lee saysJuly 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm
Once again Bossy’s son is wearing the fabulous shorts I love.
Well Read Hostess saysJuly 22, 2009 at 2:35 pm
WRH “favorite things”: Nantucket reds.
biddy saysJuly 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm
awww we will have tall, beautiful children!
also? i love how it looks like you photoshopped them into a picture of your yard
NellyFrittata saysJuly 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm
I’ve been wanting to say this for a long time but was afraid of the wrath of Bossy. But sister mercy (as Bossy would say) Bossy’s husband is ridiculously good looking!!!!
I’m only in my fifties. I’m allowed to say that, right?
(You are ALL fabulous!)
Ungirdled saysJuly 23, 2009 at 8:25 am
What a great-looking pair! My 16 year old twin boys want nothing more than to surpass their dad in height. They have already surpassed him in amount of leg hair (think I’m raising two Chia Pets!) I hope they never get close to accumulating his amount of, gulp, back hair, though!
Little Miss Sunshine State saysJuly 23, 2009 at 9:58 am
We thought our son was done growing when he measured 6′ at age 18. Then the year he was 19, he grew another 3 in.
bossy's friend martha's sis saysJuly 23, 2009 at 10:06 am
Bossy’s Husband’s hand looks tough on his hip, but it is so sweet because it really rests lovingly on his son’s fingers! xoxo
Reeb saysJuly 23, 2009 at 11:07 am
Ashley and NellyFrittata are ing me up.
Yes, it’s all right.
My mother-in-law says it’s okay to look at the menu as long as you don’t order off it.
Reeb saysJuly 23, 2009 at 11:08 am
Ashley and NellyFrittata are cracking me up!
pesky old cybersitter, still being turned on, and wanting to prevent me from using words that refer to plumbers’ low pants conditions…
Eliza saysJuly 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm
My 14 year old son is now the tallest person in our family of four–at 5’5″. We’re a really short family!
Kelly saysJuly 24, 2009 at 2:11 am
I had no idea you were married to the writer T.C. Boyle. I mean, seriously.