Bridging the Height Gap

26 Feb
Ferris trts to measure up.

Ferris tries to measure up.

Hello Friends!!!

So happy to have you stop by today, the very day we discuss another tiny edit my publishers insisted I make for the second run of “Little Women.”

The first edit, remember, was that all the March sisters HAD to marry, even Jo, my confirmed single-working woman alter ego.

I held out for cash for that change, but this edit, I did not put up too much of a fuss.

A little background. My father, A. Bronson Alcatt, was very tall, well over 6 feet, which was considerably taller than 5 feet 8 inches, the average height of a Civil War soldier. (War records are the source of men’s heights, while prison records are the only source for average women’s heights. We did not do the primary-care/annual physical thing in the 19th Century.)

A perfect match.

A perfect match.

As a result, my sisters and I were tall. May maxed out at 5 feet 10, a GIANT! Was she a vision with her white blond hair, blue eyes and peaches and cream skin. (And she knew how to use it, trust me.)

I was about 5 feet 8 inches, a hair taller than Anna.

MAD and My Pub. (What's with the yellow pants?)

MAD and My Pub. (What’s with the yellow pants?)

So, if you have an 1868 first run of “Little Women,” which is based on my real family, you have a rare edition. You will read that whenever the March sisters are introduced to a male character, they are either eye level with him, or slightly taller. No biggie.

Or so I thought.

Readers would not have it. So the publishers said, “LMA, on the next run, add a little Miracle Grow to the dudes’ diets. No tall girls with short guys ever again!”  I said, fine, It was not worth the fight.

Another purrfect couple.

Purfect couple.

Fortunately, the world has learned to accept that some guys are short and some gals are not. In fact, one of our favorites, Michael J. Fox, is only 5 feet 4 inches. His wife, Tracey, is much taller. Aren’t they an elegant couple?

Scrabble is much shorter than I am. And My Pub is much taller than MAD, as noted in the above photograph. (Did she really have to wear heels for this shoot?)

Well, that’s the long and short of it today. Have a good one, wherever you are and whatever you do, short or tall, big or small,

xo, LMA & Scrabble


5 Responses to “Bridging the Height Gap”

  1. onespoiledcat February 26, 2015 at 10:55 am #

    I think “perfect couples” come in all shapes and sizes….My Dad is tall and thin and my Mom is not so tall and definitely not so thin. Somehow it works.

    Hugs, Sammy

    • Louisa May Alcatt February 26, 2015 at 10:58 am #

      just like Scrabble and me, your parents are purfect, xo LMA

  2. Crystal M. Trulove February 27, 2015 at 3:21 pm #

    I thought the same thing about the heels: really? But it’s a darling photo anyway. Well, it was good of you to try with the height thing. Maybe you’ll win the next one.

  3. LB March 2, 2015 at 10:27 am #

    I do love hearing about the edits and the height one is interesting!
    Michael J Fox is a favorite for sure, but that picture of MAD and your Pub is incredible!! Absolutely love it!

  4. Sheila March 5, 2015 at 2:24 pm #

    The one of MAD and your pub made me laugh. I’m happy to hear things are working out so well with you and Scrabble (despite any height differences)!

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