Philly Dad Measures Son's Growth with Cheesesteaks

The true measure of a man is a greasy sandwich.

By Ethan L. Johns
January 05, 2018

Image: Brad Williams

Once upon a time, parents would keep track of their children’s respective heights by using a pencil in a door frame. Each year, as a child grew, a new mark on the wall would indicate a few inches grown. Well, darn it, that just wasn’t good enough for one Philadelphia man, who decided to take a slightly more creative and infinitely more gourmand approach.

Brad Williams, a computer programmer and personal blogger, like many parents started taking photos of his son, Lucas, when he was a newborn baby. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Williams brought home a Philly cheesesteak one night when his son was about two weeks old, and, noting that the sandwich was nearly the same size as the infant, decided to take a picture of the two for comparison purposes. The silly photo quickly took on a life of its own.

“What started out as a joke turned into a monthly tradition of cheesesteak measuring as Lucas was growing,” Williams explained in a blog post.

For the first year of the child’s life, Williams documented his growth every month. Not that it was scientific or anything; he actually used cheesesteaks from a variety of different sub shops. Hey, humans need to mix it up every now and again!

If some people are willing to take a good cheesesteak to their grave, it seems as though Lucas is not one of them. When Williams tried to take a photo of him with one for his second birthday, Lucas wriggled away, obviously sick and tired of Philly’s finest regional meatwich.

Sad for now, but two year-olds tend to be picky eaters. Maybe the third year will be the charm.

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About Ethan L. Johns

Ethan is the Food News Writer at Genius Kitchen. An expert on the Parisian bistrot, he likes bitters and salted butters, and is no fan of dessert unless it's made with fruit. His hobbies include reading up on the history of borscht and attempting to roll perfect couscous by hand. Twits & Instagram @EthanLJohns