Short Girl Thinks She’s Tall

Them: How tall are you?
Me: I’m 5 ft 3.5
Them: No you’re not! You’re much taller than that. Here, I’m 5 ft 2, I’ll prove it to you. Come stand next to me.
Me: *stands next to them. Finding we are pretty much at eye level*
Them: oh….

This is a genuine conversation I had with someone a few years ago and it’s not unique in nature. A lot of people have had a difficult time accepting my answer for my height, including my friends.

And I get it. In my logical brain, I know how tall I am. In my self-perception brain, I think I’m a tall gangly looking giraffe.

As a kid, I was always very tall for my age, so people would think that I was older than I was. After telling someone my age, they would often respond something along the lines of ‘wow you’re pretty tall aren’t you’.

Kids 2-3 years older than me would often comment on my height as I was often (but not always) taller than them.

To be honest, I hated it. Being taller than almost all the kids in my class (despite being a year younger than them) made me feel gangly and awkward. It didn’t help that I was tall, but had the body of a 6 year old – I kinda looked like plank. I would hunch to make myself feel smaller. I don’t think I fooled anyone, but it helped my very fragile, pre-teen self esteem.

However, I stopped growing when I was around 13. My peers caught up and many overtook me in the height department and I felt…relieved.

I may have vertically remained an average to smallish adult female, but my feelings of being a gangly giraffe persist to this day.

Sometimes I’ll be walking around on the streets and I’ll see a tiny elderly lady in the distance and think to myself ‘aww, she’s so tiny’ . And as we approach each other, I realise we are the same height…

I tell my husband sometimes, ‘hey honey, sometimes I feel like a really tall gangly giraffe’. He’ll look at me, blink a few times and respond ‘you have no self-awareness’.

It’s true!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. james'snotes says:

    Well written! When I was a kid, I was a shortest one, but I always tried to be best at sport or other activities. And it helped i future life to achieve my goals! Nice blog, by the way!

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    1. Thank you! And congratulations on achieving your goals!

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  2. Jane Gealy says:

    Great post! I come from a family of munchkins and my partner is 5′ 4″. When my dad died he was a pall bearer and asked to be at the back because he was the tallest!

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    1. Thanks for reading Jane! I really appreciate your comments. I’m sorry to hear about your Dad.

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  3. arshiaa12 says:

    Loveed your blog! Most writers try so hard to be funny, and yet you’ve mastered it with such ease. Lots of love x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thank you so much, that means a lot :). I still feel quite new to the blogging community!


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