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PolymerMom: When kids hit their growth spurt it seemed like it was impossible to keep them in clothes that fit.

When I hit MY first growth spurt, it seemed to be all in my feet. They shot out to size 13 (where they stopped) while I stayed three feet tall (well...maybe a bit more, but it seemed like my feet were almost as tall as I was).

My poor father kept buying new shoes until he figured that he would buy them BIG and let me grow into them. The problem was, when they hit size 13 he did not know to stop, so for a couple of cycles he insisted on size 15 flippers for me - just in case.

I went from looking like Ronald McDonald with these huge clod hoppers to looking like an elf with toes that curled up toward my face. I can clearly remember looking down at my feet in the shoe store with the certainty that the extra inch of shoe was going to curl.

My body finally caught up with my feet, but it was a difficult few years for us all as my father tried to stay within his clothes budget and keep me in shoes. And each of his two boys needed at least two pairs, usually three pairs: sneakers for gym and sports, everyday shoes for school and walking around, and dress shoes for steppin' out. Six pairs of shoes for two boys. I suspect it would be more for girls.

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