I've been short my entire life. Seriously... born short... still short - it doesn't seem fair does it.
The thing is... the whole you towering over me thing... I like it that way. I'm used to it. That IS my comfort zone. I put a lot of work into making sure that my hair is cute from that angle... you know it requires at least two mirrors and an incredibly awkward arm position to make sure that my poofy hair is not too poofy up top. But I do it... for all of the people taller than me. Most likely, that means you.
Back in "the day" when I was still "growing" the doctor would always laugh at me because I wasn't on those fancy "charts" (hmmm... the quotation marks are just popping out there today aren't they?)
Not being on the charts means that at least 99% of the population (in your age group) is taller than you. Once you hit 18 that age group becomes the rest of the adult world... so 99% of the adults on earth (and frankly a lot of kids) are taller than me.
I really don't have a problem with this - I've heard every short joke ever invented. They're not terribly funny for the most part, but I smile because it's better than having people think I'm offended. You know what I DO have a problem with.
yep, I know... it sounds odd - but they kinda give me the creeps. After a lifetime of looking UP to people I get a little weirded out when I find an adult that I have to look down at. I MUST look away... I MUST remove my shoes to try to be shorter... I MUST not stare... and above all I MUST not ask what is wrong with them!?!
My doctor's office (yep, the OB type of doctor) has a PA who is shorter than me... shortly before delivering my last daughter I was scheduled for a visit with this PA - who I'd never met. I stood around (wearing some darling 3 inch clogs) and she walked into the room... I'm pretty sure I set a land-speed record in an effort to sit down in a chair... the shoes probably left a dent in the wall I kicked them off so quickly.
My daughter's teacher is barely taller than me... I am careful to wear flat shoes when I go to that classroom...
This is wrong! I know it and I can't help it.
Good news though - it turns out that the creepiness does not extend to "Little People" - for some reason that doesn't bother me... really.
so truly - I am just prejudiced against people exactly like myself. I think I should sue myself for wrongful discrimination...
Image taken from some area of Purdue's website...
And I promise, if you're shorter than me, we can still be friends... but if we do lunch - let's not sit at those horrible TALL tables at Applebee's, I hate feeling like I'm in a highchair again!!
D&C 29:43-44 -- On Choosing a Better Eternity
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