It’s no secret that I’m “pocket sized” (as a very charming Brit once called me – which beats “short”, as many people over the years have called me). I come from a sweet mom who’s even more pocket sized than I am (4’11″) and a dad of pretty average height (5’10″) so it’s sort of a wonder that I’m even 5’2″. I still remember the doctor telling me I had stopped growing and being completely incredulous, like “um, there’s no way” – he was 100% right by the way.
So 6′ tall John usually feels like the resident giant at family gatherings on my side… but after seeing this old photo of my great aunt and uncle (my paternal grandfather’s brother and his wife) it seems like there might still be some “tall genes” lying dormant in me yet (maybe that explains Clara’s extra tallness, along with getting that from her daddy).
Apparently Marcus and Anna, at over 7’1″ and 6’3″ respectively, were even named New York City’s 3rd tallest couple in 1944. Our jaws both dropped when we heard that someone in my known-to-be-short family had earned such a lofty (pun intended) designation. And that such an award even existed.
Plus, we were completely shocked by how much my great uncle looks like John’s dad. It’s a really old faded picture, but to everyone who knows Tom Tom, the resemblance is uncanny.
To put that into perspective, here’s a little height chart that John had fun making using some clip art silhouettes (I almost killed him for using the “sexy lady” silhouette on me, so just ignore that please).
We still can’t get over it. It’s just so amazing that someone in my lineage made the record books for their height. Have you guys learned anything cool about your relatives that blew your mind lately?
A post on Facebook the other night led me to this random quiz: What American Accent Do You Have? Since we’ve always been fans of completely non-scientific online quizzes, why not take it for a spin, right? It was especially interesting for us to take since we get the occasional video comments like “John sounds soooo Southern” or “Sherry talks like Mila Kunis.” Not that Mila Kunis is an accent…
We both think we have pretty neutral American accents – although I’m quick to point out that the Jersey in Sherry likes to call the top of your face the “far-head.” And she gives me a hard time for not distinguishing between the pronunciation of “pin” and “pen.” So maybe this quiz would settle once and for all exactly how middle of the road our accents are (or aren’t).
I felt very validated by my result. Note the part that says “you don’t have an accent.” And the part that says “you have a good voice for TV and radio” (better than being told you have a face for radio, amiright?). I sat back as Sherry took the quiz and answered most questions the same way I did, expecting to see the same evaluation. That’s when this sprung up:
“YOU DEFINITELY HAVE A BOSTON ACCENT”??!?
We both cry laughed. Sherry has been pinned as New Jersey, New York, and even as South Carolina or Canada, but never Boston. But before I got to drop too many “paaaahk the cah in the Harvaahd yaaahd” jokes on her, we both noticed that she actually got an equal 83% ranking for both a Boston and Midland accent. So maybe she is still pretty neutral after all… just in a Boston-y kind of way. What do you Boston folks who met us at the signing think? Is there a little Boston secretly hiding in Sherry? Or is this quiz just way off?
Here’s the link again if you want to take it yourself. If you already did, what was your result? Was it spot on or not even close? Was there any question that you had a particularly hard time answering? I think Sherry repeated Mary, marry, and merry about 20 times before deciding that she said them all a little differently.