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Measuring up

January 4, 2010 - Karin Elton
Every time my son, Jacob, visits his twin cousin, Robbie, the first thing Robbie’s mom, my sister, Robin, does is make them stand back to back to see who is taller. (Jacob and Robbie were born six weeks apart.)

The results of the standoff are usually similar each time with Jacob measuring a little taller than Robbie or because of Robbie’s “haystack” hair, maybe Robbie is a “hair” taller.

This past weekend we visited my sister and her family in Excelsior. My oldest son, Adrian, is about 6 feet 1 and has been the tallest cousin. Robin had Adrian and Jacob stand back to back and Jacob beat his older brother, something Ado took gracefully, even though it must be a little surprising to have your kid brother surpass you in height.

Then Robbie came into the room and his mom put him against Jacob. Robbie won not only by a hair, but by a half inch. Robin and I don’t know where these Sequoias came from, our dad’s side of the family, we guess. The men were tall Norwegians.


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