My mother's reaction to my final height

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My mother's reaction to my final height
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I had to be about 16 or so. My mother took me to my pediatrician and while there we were reviewing X-rays. The doctor told my mom that after looking at my growth plates, I would grow to end up anywhere from 5'4 to 5'6. She was bang on correct.

At this time, my mother's reaction didn't phase me as I was just happy to get to be at least 5'6 considering how tall I was at the time, but looking back, I remember it like it was yesterday. My mother said, "That's it? Not even 5'8? His father is 6' and his uncles are all are taller than that!". I can't remember the conversation following that, but I didn't care. My grades were on point, I was on the baseball team, was one of the best saxophone players in my school and even had a high school sweetheart (we were together for a year at that point). What did my height matter? 

Her entire family is short. My aunts, uncles, grandfather; everyone on her side of the family is in the 5'-5'6 range. Her dad, my grandfather is the "tallest" at 5'7. Looking back at her reaction, it gets me a bit infuriated. Did she not think that I could inherit her genes? Also, it makes me think, would she have considered my father if he were my height?

At this age, while I do okay in dating, I will not say that I don't get annoyed when women who are much shorter only leave themselves open for much taller men, not because of the preference, but because they gallivant around as if them having a short son despite how tall their partner is cannot happen. I'm literally proof that it can and does happen, and not rarely either. 

 

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