EDMOND, OK—Merrily describing the contrast in stature as “a giant next to a leprechaun,” members of the Copeland family Friday reportedly took the deepest delight in the nearly 9-inch height difference between Linda Copeland, 43, and her 14-year-old son, Alex. “Will you look at that beanpole? He just towers over her!” said Diane Copeland, whose jubilant observations of her sister and eldest nephew elicited laughter and claps of joy from grandparents, aunts, uncles, and younger siblings at a recent family gathering. “How’s the weather up there, bud? My God, just look at those two! Can you believe little ol’ Linda made that thing?” At press time, the family went silent as Diane joyfully pointed out the height difference between Alex and his father.