Wednesday, June 22, 2011

I'm Short...All the Time

I embrace my short stature, but recognize that it puts me in awkward situations every once in a while. Like today, when I gave a campus tour to a group of local fourth graders. Several of them were the same height as (if not taller than) I am. A few of them pointed this out to me. Yeah, kids. I'm  aware that I look like I may or may not be your classmate .

But that sort of thing happens at least once a week. Conversations like the one below only happen once in a while. I bring my food up to a cashier at ABP, not really looking for a conversation. Apparently, I was destined to get one anyway. I hand him my student ID so that I can pay with Crimson Cash and the guy kind of laughs at me:

Cashier: "You're a student in college?"
Me: *smiling* "Yeah, I am."
"But you look so young"
"I know. It's because I'm really short. I'm tiny."
"Yeah. But you also look really young."

Awesome. Even the guy who rings up my food every day thinks that I'm some strange 12 year old college student.  

I am 4 feet and 11 inches tall. I am 19 years old. I know that I am short. I can't open or close my skylight without standing on my desk chair and I can't reach the top shelf at CVS if an item is pushed back from the edge.

Such is life.


  1. But that sort of things happens at least once a week.... Pronoun antecedent disagreement... It should be: But that sort of thing happens at least once a week.

  2. Nice post though! I can totally relate as a fellow short person!

  3. Grammatical errors are what I get for trying to write a post while tired and talking to people at the same time. Sheesh. Time to pick up my game.

  4. Sounds like the tour was a little awkward, but I doubt it was as awkward as when I ran in to you during a tour and tried to appear chill. That failed.......