For most of my life I have felt too tall. I reached 5’9″ in Grade 6. I felt like a giantess, even though I was one of the shorter women in my extended family. My mother was 5’11 and her mother was 6 feet tall.
Husband and I remodeled our kitchen about 15 years ago, and the contractor was concerned when we replaced the soffits with cupboards extending to the ceiling that it might detract from selling the house in the future. “Not everyone is as tall as you and your husband” he warned. “Some people could have trouble reaching those top shelves”.
Well, “some people” now includes me. I am 1.5 inches shorter than I was 15 years ago and the top shelves are a real stretch. For the first time I regret losing some of my height. That inch and a half has made quite a difference in my reach. My doctor isn’t too concerned. I have a good diet rich in calcium. I get exercise. I often call on husband to get down the things I need. I make good use of tongs and grabbers. I haven’t yet resorted to a kitchen stool. For some reason, a Joni Mitchell song keeps going through my head whenever I have to get something down from the top shelves in the kitchen:
What didn’t you know you had until it was gone? Ever done a remodel you regretted? What is your favorite Joni Mitchell song?