Gulliver’s Travels in Peru

As many of you know I am not a tall person.  But perhaps you can tell from the perspective of this picture that I am taller than the average Quechuan.  Much taller, actually.  My mother who is just under 5 feet was quite a bit taller than many of the Quechua women and some of the men she met while she was visiting us.  Probably all the Quechua women in this picture are less than 4'9" in height.  Sometimes when I am working in the clinic I will ask a Quechua woman how tall her husband is.  I ask this most often when we are discussing her perception of the lack of height in her child's growth.    They will tell me he is tall.  So I will stand up and ask them if he is as tall as me.  They will laugh shaking their head as if to say "Of course not!  What a silly thought, he is tall for a Quechua".   It is like we are a family of Gulliver's arriving in a new land where we are suddenly giants.

As many of you know I am not a tall person. But perhaps you can tell from the perspective of this picture that I am taller than the average Quechuan. Much taller, actually. My mother who is just under 5 feet was quite a bit taller than many of the Quechua women and some of the men she met while she was visiting us. Probably all the Quechua women in this picture are less than 4’9″ in height. Sometimes when I am working in the clinic I will ask a Quechua woman how tall her husband is. I ask this most often when we are discussing her perception of the lack of height in her child’s growth. They will tell me he is tall. So I will stand up and ask them if he is as tall as me. They will laugh shaking their head as if to say “Of course not! What a silly thought.  He is tall for a Quechua”. It is like we are a family of Gullivers arriving in a new land where we are suddenly giants.

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