We’re Tall, and We Blog!

As one of my twitter followers said to me a few weeks ago, “We are tall legion.” In the blogosphere, it looks to be true. We clearly have a lot to share!

It’s funny. When I first had the idea for this blog, I think I did a quick Google search of exactly what I wanted to name my blog. Eager to start, I quickly scanned the search results, and thought, “Nice! There isn’t a blog called ‘Who’s That Tall Lady’.” I may have also naively thought that there weren’t any interesting tall woman blogs out there.

It’s OK and sometimes great to be wrong

It occurred to me to try again. I did a couple different searches one day and had more success finding some fellow glamazons. Over the last few months, I realized how important it is to connect and support like-minded and like-heighted individuals in the blogosphere. Having found some other tall girl blogs that I like, I love the camaraderie and inspiration they seem to glean from one another. I would like to share some of these blogs with you because I have enjoyed reading and learning from them. Without further adieu:

A Short List  of Other Tall Lady Blogs

The Junoesque – http://thejunoesque.com Did you know that “junoesque” means (of a woman) imposingly tall and shapely? I did not and I LOVE that! This is a great blog which seems to have started out sharing experiences and has since evolved. Love!

Tall Snob http://www.tallsnob.com ALL CLOTHES AND FASHION! So awesome.

Height Goddess http://blog.heightgoddess.com Also focuses on fashion and style for the vertically enhanced lady. How much do you love the name?

Arianna’s Random Thoughtshttp://ariannasrandomthoughts.com Not a blog specifically about tall women, but she IS a tall lady! Her blog is interesting, informative and positive.

I’m sure there are more out there!

If you know of others worthy of note, I’d love to know.

A quick thank you to shorter friends who willingly take the back seat

One of my core values is remembering to show gratitude. On Friday, I was getting into the car of my coworker and my other co-worker instantly insisted that I get the front seat. I don’t mind getting in the back seat, but I definitely appreciate the consideration whenever my friends willingly jump in the back.

So all I want to say tonight is thank you, from my knees to yours.

Tall People Questions: Why are you so tall?

There I am, third little angel from the right. Almost a whole head taller than some of the girls in my class, and that’s in kindergarten. So, why am I so tall, now at 6’1”, and where I’ve been since Grade 9? Depending on who is asking you this question, there is a different emphasis on each word: Why ARE you so tall? Why  are you so TALL? Why are you SO tall? And finally, Why are YOU so tall? You get the jist. (My drama teacher would be proud.) People ask out of curiosity, and also not sure if they are asking because they think I have withheld some magic potion or secret. There are many possible reasons why we become so tall, and perhaps none of them stand alone. However, today I am going to share the most obvious reason.

My parents are both tall

How tall? My mum is 5’8” at her peak and my dad is 6’0”. Usually after explaining this, the next statement I get is something to the effect of, “But you’re taller then both of them, so how is that possible?” Genetics are a mysterious thing. Or not. I’m sure there are people (scientists, doctors, and people who understand it more than I) out there who can explain this to you. In my family, I have noticed that each generation of children is getting taller than his or her parents. We can argue that it’s due to what is being put in our food like our milk and meat, but perhaps it is evolution. Although my parents’ height doesn’t seem that tall for this day in age, I can assure you, they were also the giants of their schools.

Tall Mum

Proof! Yep, the statuesque tall girl in the back row on the far right is my mum. 1968! 5’8” in that time was very tall, although now I believe is considered average. In 1968, she clearly towers over her peers. The hair helps, yes, but check the eye level of the girl next to her. There’s a few inches of difference. So, how tall were her parents? Not tall. Way shorter. The mystery continues.

Tall Dad

Or does it? My dad is the strapping fellow in the back centre of the picture below (five in from the right), and his father was quote tall, I think measuring up at 5’10”.

 

Other possible causes

Mum maintains that another one of the reasons my brother an I are actually both tall is because we got plenty of sleep as children and ate very little sugar. I really wanted those Fruit Loops as a kid, but if denying me of that is the reason I am tall now (and have very few cavities) then I grateful.

 

Tall Health: Back Pain

Throughout my twenties (yes, unfortunately ALL of my twenties are behind me, wah) I experienced sporadic back pain. I was doing alright in my thirties until about two Thursdays ago when I suffered the most intense back pain of my life. Not only was it excruciating to walk more than quarter of a step at a time, it was painful to sit, lie down, and stand. I was a walking, er– hobbling- pity party. The worst part was that I felt that I could have prevented it.

It’s a small world

As I have discussed in this  blog and will continue to do, the world is not built for the vertically enhanced. My chiropractor, who helped me a lot during this time, reminded me that even a small hunch while standing at my counter chopping veggies causes extra strain on my spine. And I thought about how many times a week I do that.

So why did I think I could have prevented it? Simply because I know that to offset the extra everyday strains of low counters and uncomfortable chairs, among others, I need to make a concerted effort to keep myself fit- in particular my core. And had I ever let my strength and fitness slide.

This back brace is not a fashion statement

As comfortable as my back-brace belt is, I’d rather know that my own muscles can act to support my teetery spine rather than an external aid. Sheesh! To my friends and family- call me on my laziness and be enablers to my physical well being! And if you are tall too, let my experience be a reminder to you that keeping your spine in a strong, happy bed of muscles is the best thing you can do for yourself. I am going to start with Pilates, by recommendation of my chiropractor.

Check out this discussion at the Tall Street Journal (ha! cute, right?) regarding being tall and back pain for more info.

This is not me, but it will be soon.