scratchy marks

Those scratchy marks there on the wall.

They show how short I used to be.

They rise until they get this tall,

And Mama keeps reminding me

The way my dad would take his pen

And as I stood there, stiff and straight,

He’d put a ruler on my head

And mark the spot and write the date.

She says that it’s my history,

But I don’t understand at all

Just why she cries each time she sees

Those scratchy marks there on the wall.

-Shel Silverstein

scratchy marks


  1. My goodness, she is gorgeous.

    Casey Reply:

    @pgoodness, Thank you, I must humbly agree.

  2. Etchings on our heart, each one.

    Casey Reply:

    @Amanda, They kinda hurt going on but they last forever.

  3. SEVEN! What a perfect post. Happy birthday, big girl.

    Casey Reply:

    @Jen L., That Shel, he was a brilliant man.

  4. Seven is a wonderful, magical year. Happy birthday, Addie!

    Casey Reply:

    @Angie @ Just Like The Number, I hope so, because six kicked my trash around the block.

  5. I got all teary. Happy birthday, Addie!

    Casey Reply:

    @Sarah, Aww, I did too when I first read that poem about two months ago. I knew it would be perfect.

  6. Happy Birthday Addie!!

    Casey Reply:

    @ClassyFabSarah, Addie says thank you and send cookies.

  7. Happy Birthday to your girl!

    Casey Reply:

    @AmazingGreis, Thank you darling.

  8. Dear Addie,

    When I was growing up, my Gramps did this same thing. It always amazed me to see my cousins so much taller than me. I couldn’t wait to be as tall as they were. (I never reached their heights. Sometimes, it really stinks being a girl in a family of tall male cousins!)

    The only time I’ve ever seen my Gramps cry was when he realized that he lost these measurements (14 grandchildren) after a home renovation.
    One day you will learn, and forever more you will appreciate.

    Grow tall, curly-haired inspiration,


    Casey Reply:

    @Sarah, We lost our scratchy wall when I was 14. I wish there was some evidence of it.

  9. Charlotte Anne says:

    I cried because we celebrated my niece’s first birthday today and this poem is exactly how we feel. Happy 7th Birthday Addie!

    Casey Reply:

    @Charlotte Anne, TOO FAST!

  10. Oh, sweet Addie…Happy happy birthday! I feel as though I’ve known you and your mama forever. You are such a blessing to this world! I wonder if you’ll ever know just how big of an impact you make on so many lives…even those of strangers like me. Much love, sweet cheeks <3

    Casey Reply:

    @Biddy, No kidding, you’re old school!

  11. That’s beautiful. I hope her birthday was just as beautiful.

    Casey Reply:

    @Fay, It really was. It so much really was.

  12. she looks so GROWN UP! and obviously so freaking gorgeous. i remember when i started reading your blog, she was around 3ish. you’ve raised a great kid, casey. addie is one amazing girl.

    Casey Reply:

    @Tara, OH MY, in just one year she has gone from little girl to this…grown up girl. It’s insane.

  13. Love this. Love it.


    Casey Reply:

    @heidikins, thank you. 🙂

  14. Happy birthday, Addie!!!
    Casey – I’ve thought of you so many times today and said so many little prayers that today go well. I hope it did. 🙂

    Casey Reply:

    @Amy- Hamlet’s Mistress, It went so well, SO WELL. Thank you for helping me through it.

  15. I’m so happy I got to be there on her day.

    Happy birthday, Miss Addie.


    Casey Reply:

    @Just Shireen, Us too.

  16. Happy Birthday!!

    We’ll be putting our Scratchy Mark on the wall today for my 7 year old. 🙂

    Casey Reply:

    @mapsgirl, It’s a big week for seven year olds. Congrats for making it this far.

  17. I LOVE that poem…well I did. Until I became a mom and started making the scratchy marks on the wall. Sigh. It’s so happy and sad at the same time.

    Happy HAPPY birthday, Addie!

    Casey Reply:

    @Katie, Yeah, once we add Vivi’s first scratchy mark? IT’S OVER.

  18. I just had a discussion like this with my daughter. She has coveted a pair of my slipper boots for over a year. when she used to wear them around the house, they went up past her knees. Last night, she put them on…and asked if she could wear them to school. They’re a little big, but not enough to really notice. *cue tears* They just get bigger and bigger!!

    Casey Reply:

    @Angi, NOOOOOO. Because this will probably be tomorrow for me. *sob*

  19. Those photos take my breath!


    Casey Reply:

    @Adventures In Babywearing, Oh thank you.

  20. Gorgeous, but I never expect any less from you or your girls!

    Casey Reply:

    @Marta, You’re so wonderful, thank you.


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