If you’re really, really short, you feel it, because this is your life:
• Forget seeing anything at concerts. Sure, everybody loves being behind you, but at what price? The standing area is a bad scene and mosh pits are strictly off limits. No, you’re stuck sitting at the bar or watching from the balcony.
• You can’t reach anything. Kitchen cupboards and closest shelves are bad enough, but the worst is when you find yourself somewhere alone and stoolless. People, if you’ve ever found yourself climbing the hotel bar fridge to reach the coffee filters or stepping on the metal grocery store shelf to reach the hot sauce then you know what I’m talking about.
• Hard to date people. Well, not hard, but complicated. I mean, would you date someone really, really short? If not, you see the problem here. And don’t even get me started the short-guys-dancing-with-tall-girls things. Fellas, I been there, too. It’s not easy.
• Shorter life span. Sadly, according to these eggheads at The New York Times short people are more likely to develop coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. To add insult to injury, they’re apparently less educated and make less cash at their jobs, too. Bummer.
• You’re constantly adjusting driver’s seats and mirrors. On top of that, really, really tall people complain when they get in the car after you and have to adjust everything because they can’t fit.
• Some roller coasters are off limits. Minimum height requirements are clearly relics from a discriminatory society that inhabited this land before us.
It really is a tough life.
So next time you see a really, really short person, break out the empathy. Remember: they’re short and there’s nothing they can do except learn to live with their crazy shortness. Sure, they buy cheaper children’s clothes, find the best spots in Hide and Seek, and curl easily into cramped spooning arrangements, but they also have to live life with a lot of limits. In this upside-down and inside-out world, that’s worth something.
So go on and throw them a smile and a nod, a cracking high five, or just some quiet and humble respect.
AWESOME!(p.s. Some of you may be wondering why really, really short people so ranked much higher than really, really tall people on the Top 1000. All I can say is that the answer involves a lot of calculations.)
this post is so sad...
especially I am a very very short person and now I find out I have short lifespan and more vulnerable to stroke and diabetes, get paid less and .. what else???
it is so NOT fair. not my fault I stopped growing!!!