Small Is Good

Recently I had my annual physical examination, but this time a significant life event occurred.  All of us have experienced the initial steps before the actual examination: get up on the scale and get weighed, pull the metal bar down to check our height, and move on to the examination room table for a blood pressure,  and eyes and ears look around. All this before the high priest known as ‘Doctor’ arrives.

Normally I ask about the blood pressure, note my weight, but this time I faced a new stunning reality when the nurse mentioned my height.  I was 1 ½ inches shorter than when I was a young adult.

The reality is that in all those years of annual physicals I never asked about or noted  my height. Now let me state for the record my full vertical height was only 5’6” at its peak so an inch and a half is significant.

I’ve  given a  great deal of thought to this travesty and instead of buying one of those machines that turns

me upside down to stretch my spine  I have reconciled this loss of statue with the notion that it happens to everyone. We get shorter as we age. I’m also confident that I probably will not diminish to elf stature and so I’ve  adopted the insightful philosophical mantra, “Suck it up cupcake.”

 

 

 

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One Response to “Small Is Good”

  1. It happens to the best of us. I am down to 5’9″ from over 5’11”.

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