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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Surprise, surprise....

Life throws up surprises when we least expect them. I experienced two in fact during last week....
One happened in my local veggie shop whilst I was debating the merits of broccoli against green beans...a little voice piped up nearby, "Can we have a cauliflower?" The question came from a little cutie to her mum. Imagine my surprise! I don't think I've ever heard a child ask for any vegetable in my whole life! EVER!

The mother just carried on as if it was the usual request...like so many kids passing the sweetie counter or by the checkouts when are defences are lowered trying to get through the trauma of queues, trolleys, and tantrums...or is that just me!
I wanted to run after the mum to congratulate her on a job well done, but resisted....it's probably the norm here with so much fresh local produce in abundance, so probably not a strange phenomenon at all. 

My second surprise although it shouldn't have been a surprise really with all the effort I've personally put into this particular project over the years. It was my son's 20th Birthday and he'd finally reached the staggering height of 6 foot!
Not such a feat for some I hear you say, but I'm only 5' 4" tall and my OH is only 5' 8" and a half!
The HALF is very important and has always been stressed ~ it must not be forgotten in the equation ~ ever!
My father stood over 6' 2" and although my siblings didn't bother to leave any of the height gene's for me, being the last of the litter, the runt, the baby, I didn't get a say in any of the distribution.
Since my son arrived it's been my ambition for him to take after my father. 
All my OH's family are vertically challenged (eek! I hope they won't mind me saying this, but it's true).
We've measured my son on every birthday since he arrived but unfortunately the door posts where the record is noted aren't situated in one location, they're distributed throught the world on various doorposts. 
I've cajoled, cooked up a storm, baked, placed him in the sun periodically, watered profusely and other than popping his feet into compost ~ because that would obviously have been misinterpreted as child abuse ~ I was willing to do whatever was needed to achieve our goal. 
I say our goal because my son wanted desperately to tower over his Dad and he's finally acheived it. Although he's just said when I mentioned this article that that wasn't exactly true because his Dad was the biggest guy around in his eyes...how special is that...especially when you're only 5' 8" and a half!

My son's had quite a week actually along with his birthday, saying goodbye to his teens, and also he's to start  a new job tomorrow. 
He's certainly walking tall just now! ;D


  1. Hi Neesie, hope your son had a lovely birthday.My father's family were all tall- even the girls, and my brother is 6'3".I'm 5'6", my OH is same height as your dear heart.Being tall definitely has advantages.

    1. Hi Judy,
      He had a great birhtday thanks.
      Wow...5'6" ~ oh I wish ;D
      My sister is four inches taller than me but it's all in her legs! I have to nearly cripple myself teetering on high heels to obtain the illusion of long legs...whoops now my secrets out!
      Hope your weekend has been a good one and you're ready for a brilliant week ahead.
      Thanks so much for popping by ~ I love you visiting :D

  2. well, I am only 5'2" so what can I say? Anyway, it does not matter. We are equal in God's eyes and He loves us the way we are. Im happy for your son though:)

    1. Hi Joy,
      5'2" ~ eye's of blue, by any chance?
      You're so right...it doesn't really matter unless you're 13 years old and the smallest in the class. But we've moved on since then.

      Thanks for your visit and I hope you have a fantastic week ahead :D

  3. It just so happens that I'm five foot eight and a half too - or at least I was the last time I was measured, which was quite some time ago...
    These days most kids are bigger / taller than their parents. I hate to think how tall my grandchildren will be!

    1. Morning Mark (well it is in my part of the world just now)
      Fancy that 5'8" and a half too!
      My hubby might well have shrunk a little by now, as it's been quite a few years since they had the battle over the doorpost!
      I'm not going to burst his bubble though to tell him he might well have lost that precious Half? :&
      Enjoy your bank holiday Monday ~ hopefully the sun will make an appearance for you all...I hear it's rather shy at the moment :D

  4. Hi Nessie... a lovely post.. I hope your son had a fabulous birthday... and good luck in his new job!... well I'm 5ft 6" and DH 6ft 4" my brothers (4 of them)
    are all over 6ft... my sister is only 5ft 2" so she must have been the runt... tee-hee, she does not read my blog so I am quite safe... Hugs May x x x

    1. Wow 5'6" what's it like up there May?
      I feel for your sister but I'll keep it to myself ;D
      But how can she not read your blog? Although having said that I don't think my sister reads mine! :(

      Have a wonderful Bank Holiday...lots of time for crafting maybe?
      It doesn't look like the sun's going to shine here today, so maybe it's with you...enjoy, don't forget to send it back though :D

  5. We were in Melbourne on the weekend and we had a BALL! One of our favourites was a stop at the Pahran Markets... there was a particular stall there that had Hubby and I gasping... it was as though the owner had OCD and refused to sell anything less than PERFECTION... not only was the produce second to none but the choice was never ending. I too would head for Broc before Cauli but recently a friend gave me recipe for a Cauli dish - stir fried with toasted almonds, preserved lemons, mint and parsley... Yum OH! PS - Happy birthday to your growing lad... I know all about the "over taking" heights our children seem to reach - mine is only 13 and wears size 14 shoes and is just under 6 foot tall! We are from tall stock yes... but those feet! Eeek! :-) XX

    1. Brilliant! I'm sorry I missed you but you know how it is.... ;D

      Prahan Market is one of my favourites. If you check out an previous post of mine about the market you might just see the OCD stall!


      13 years old and wearing size 14 shoes! Wow.

      I'm so glad you had a great time here in Melbourne although I don't think the weather was the best but then there's so much to do that sometimes you can forget it and just get on.
      Thanks for popping by again ;D
      Have a great week and I hope to visit soon. I'm in the middle of a huge post just now ~ phewph! :D


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