Sept. 2, 2007
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The first series of measurements run from the late 1940s
into the 1950s. They're pretty faded, but it's still
possible to track my uncle and aunts' progress through
the Truman and Eisenhower administrations.
On the other side of the doorway, a series of marks chart
the progress of my sister, brother, and me through the 1960s
and 70s, my final mark settling about half a foot lower than
I hoped it would.
In the decades since, the various nieces and nephews have
moved out onto many battens along the wall. Emily and Ellie
like to wait until summer's end, to get the highest