Everyone laughs when I tell them that I used to be taller than my friends, and one of the tallest kids in my class. They all say, "YEAH RIGHT! In what lifetime???" Well, there was a time when I was tall. It's just I shot up to 5' fairly young, then hit puberty at 11 and stopped growing.
While at Sharon & Paul's, she brought out an old photo album that had pics of various family members and of us kids during the holidays. Sharon kindly let me take this pic back with me so that I could scan it, to show that there was indeed a time that I was taller than her, even though I am younger than her.
This polaroid was taken on New Years Day, 1977. I can tell that it's '77 because of my ultra dorky haircut and wide leg pants (it was "decreed" that before I entered junior high in the fall of '76 that my long hair would be cut off. Believe me, it wasn't my idea). The girl on the far left is Marybeth, an old friend with whom I grew up, but sadly, from whom I drifted far apart years ago. It bums me out that we aren't friends anymore, considering we both grew up in each other's homes, but it happens. I was touched that she came to my dad's funeral, until I found out that her mother literally ordered her to be there.
Her family hosted an annual "Bloody Mary Brunch" on New Years Day and because her family was so well known in town, as well as being my parents' best friends, tons of people and their kids would show up at their house on New Years Day. Sharon & Diane's mom graduated from Sandwich High in the 50's and Marybeth's parents were her classmates so that's why Sha & Di were acquainted with Marybeth. So all of us kids would play outside in the snow while the grown ups sat inside and had their cocktails. Marybeth is 6 months younger than me and shares a birthday with Diane. Sharon is in the middle, and she 22 months older than me. I'm almost positive that the ginormous American car in the backround between MB & Sha is my parents' '76 Monte Carlo. Man that car had balls.
Unfortunately, this was the last time in my life that I was considered tall for my age.