Re: [gardeners] Re:Sons

George Shirley (
Mon, 12 Oct 1998 06:23:27

At 12:00 AM 10/12/98 -0400, you wrote:
>Mary in France wrote:
>>> son is 6''7" and takes size 14 (UK) shoes.
>George Shirley wrote:
>>We find the large grandchildren a lot of fun but think they must be
>>throwbacks. ...
>I'm 5'7" now, shrunk down from 5"8" and Miz Anne is 5'6" and we
>>have a son who is about 6 feet tall or maybe a couple inches over. Go
>>figure on the big kids. Must be nutrition or something.
>Suppose this is a trend?  My husband is 5'9" and I'm 5'3" (shrunk from
>5'4").  We have four kids (two girls, two boys).  The girls are each 5'9"
>and the boys are 6'2" and 6'4".  My husband says his growth was stunted
>because of carrying heavy feed bags on a turkey farm where he worked while
>a teenager.  Claims he would have been over 6' if all that turkey feed
>weight hadn't compressed him.  Well, I don't buy that explanation but
>genetics doesn't seem to expain it either.  Nutrition?  Are you saying that
>McDonald's burgers make the kids get taller?
>Linda in NW Ohio near Toledo/Lake Erie, USDA Zone 5
Just a guess. Based on what I've read the Japanese people have had to
change the size of elementary school desks three times since WWII. Seems
they're eating more protein since then and the children are getting bigger.
Since my grandkids don't seem to want to eat any vegetables and their Mom
lets them get by with it I figure they're getting about 3 peoples share of
protein. Don't really know, probably just genetics run amok. <VBG>

George, off to an early job