Shannon Stacey

The not-so-Short Kid

Back in 2005, when I started blogging, I christened my boys the Tall Kid and the Short Kid. Twitter, with its character limit, rechristened them TK and SK. There are five and a half years between them and, at the time, my oldest was rather tall for his age and my youngest was very short for his age. The height difference was funny and very pronounced when they were side-by-side.

Well, now it’s 2013 and the Short Kid’s ready to start seventh grade (once the middle school gets that pesky mold situation under control). And he’s not really so short anymore.

Short Kid and his dad looking at a train

Of course, my husband’s not particularly tall, either, but looking almost eye-to-eye with somebody your wife calls “Short” could eventually be a problem.

SK will be thirteen in November, but I can’t really call him the teen because I’ve been calling his older brother that for a while. I could bump the current teen to college kid and make SK the teen, but how confusing would that be?

I often call SK “Number Two” when we’re out on the four-wheelers. No matter where we ride or who rides with us, my husband leads and the Short Kid is behind him. The rest of us might move around, depending on how many kids or machines there are, but nobody ever rides between my husband and the kid.

So maybe I’ll call them Number One and Number Two. Which Twitter will inevitably cause me to abbreviate to No1 and No2 because the # thing causes a hashtag.

I guess it’s a summer for rites of passage. One off to college and the other outgrowing his internet nickname.

10 comments to “The not-so-Short Kid”

  1. ms bookjunkie
      · August 28th, 2013 at 8:55 am · Link

    So, he’s Son Formerly Known As Short Kid. *nods*

  2. Shannon
      · August 28th, 2013 at 8:56 am · Link

    SFKASK! That’s funny!

  3. Jaci Burton
      · August 28th, 2013 at 9:27 am · Link

    I refer to mine as #1 son and #2 son. I used to refer to my daughter as college girl, but since it’s been a few years since she’s graduated, she’s just daughter now. Though I guess she’s bride-to-be now. Or B2B. Heh.

    And oh man, SK is getting tall! No more SK for him.;-)

  4. Lori
      · August 28th, 2013 at 9:45 am · Link

    I can’t believe how big he is now! I’ve had the same problem. I call my youngest Munchkin. Now he’s 6’2″ of Munchkin. Luckily, he doesn’t mind that I still call him that.

  5. Stacey
      · August 28th, 2013 at 10:27 am · Link

    I’m not sure I’d want to be called #2.

  6. Lee
      · August 28th, 2013 at 12:55 pm · Link

    I’m with Stacey on the numerical naming conventions. Uh it could pose a problem ya know?

  7. library addict
      · August 28th, 2013 at 9:36 pm · Link

    Or SK could stay and it could just stand for second kid now. Of course I got nothing for a new definition of TK though.

  8. Tracy S
      · August 29th, 2013 at 12:03 am · Link

    Yeah, my oldest is 14 and is 5 inches taller than me and eye to eye with his dad. How does this happen? ;). Being 5’3″ I knew my boys would pass me up in height, but I just wasn’t prepared for it to happen so soon. None of the men in my immediate family are tall so I was thinking I had another year or two, but nope! LOL

  9. Lynda the Guppy
      · August 30th, 2013 at 9:25 pm · Link

    You could always go the Dr. Seuss route and do Thing 1 and Thing 2.

  10. Shannon
      · September 4th, 2013 at 10:21 am · Link

    I kind of like Thing 1 and Thing 2. :)

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