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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Being short--- not a big deal

This post is especially dedicated to all my short/small friends out there. I am a small person. Mind you when I say small, I mean small! Being carried by short legs is no easy task, but one gets used to not ever reaching the top shelf at the supermarket and having to ask a perfect stranger to get you the box of whatever it is one needs. Luckily, tall people are always willing to help and they do it with a smile on their face and a slight shake of their heads. You can almost hear what they are thinking: “Ah, this poor short woman, how cute!”

I’ve always been the shorter/smaller in my family and so all my life I’ve been awarded with sweet nicknames (said with love and affection, of course) such as “half-pint” “little one” “midget…” well, you get the picture.

To be honest, in spite of all the setbacks, such as never finding pants or coats that really fit and must always be altered, I like my height (or lack of). It’s got definite advantages. I am ever so comfortable flying on Economy Class, and while everyone else is suffering from cramps, I can even cross my legs! If I fall I can’t really get too hurt since I’m already close to the ground. In case of an emergency I can hide under a large flower pot… well, there are just too many advantages to mention.

When one is short/small, wearing high heel shoes is not a choice. It's a way of life, at least to me. In a society where looks are so important, I find that more respect is given to taller people. For example, there are two policemen wearing the same uniforms, one is short the other tall. Who will be more intimidating? Believe you me, it will not be the “half-pint”! I don’t know why this is but on the rare occasions when I wear flat shoes I do not get half the attention as when I wear high heels (this could be due to the fact that I am not really visible standing amidst everyone else) whatever the reason, high heel shoes are the main staple in my wardrobe and yes, they are always uncomfortable and make my feet hurt but who cares? A girl’s got to do what a girl’s got to do :0)

Aside from Napoleon Bonaparte, I truly believe most short men are not happy with their fate and they go through great lengths to camouflage…so glad I am a woman! Standing in high heel shoes is a lot sexier than standing on a box!

Stools and step ladders? Yes, I confess. I own an entire collection and they are scattered throughout every room in my house

And so to make a long story short, (no pun intended) I just want to say that while I wish to have been born with longer legs, I am perfectly happy to be just cute-little-old-me, after all, great things come in small packages... so I’ve been told :0)

Note: Photos by Weheartit.com


  1. What a fun post!

    Just wondering, how short is short? Pixie height? leprechaun? Garden gnome?

    Anyway, as you so rightly said, great things come in small packages :)

  2. Oh Quillfeather! You always manage to make me smile! Let's say, somewhere between leprechaun and garden gnome...sigh...

  3. Alina, thanks for visiting and leaving your comment. I always say that it's better to be short and shine than to be tall and cast a shadow. (Yes, I'm also vertically challenged.)

  4. Hi Alina, I enjoyed your post..short and tiny..spells powerful and fabulous to me!! What a fun blog..I checked out your other blog links..and enjoyed all my visits..beautiful.. enchanting and a sparkling spirit to them all.

  5. Well my dear lady, I think you are quite right when you mention that generally men do not like to be short, much more so than women!.., And yes though they often hurt, those high heels are fab!

    My dear friend of many years, "Paper Butterfly", as a lady, finds that "petite" has it's charming advantages , at four foot eleven. Yet my dear husband and his identical twin brother at 5'.5", though happy now at age 52 at their present heighth, would have loved those extra few inches in earlier years!..,

    I am 5'.6", yet I could care less that my sweetie is shorter!..,

    On a merry and seasonal, Christmassy note; you are warmly invited to pop by to my little corner of the blogging world;(again no "pun" intended),for a wee respite;(I'm chuckling and giggling a bit now, as I often use these phrases!~ Oh well!)..,

    Today is Tuesday Tea For Two blogging tea party..,

    I hope to see you there my dear!..,Thanks for your earlier comment.

    Cheers from Silken Purse @ The Plumed Pen

  6. Hi Alina,
    I'm short too and I kind of like it as well... I have always been called the nicknames, shorty, munchkin and shortkin. Especially from my partner, who seems to really enjoy calling me names!;)
    I do find buying trousers a bit of a problem though. I really hate shopping for them!
    Your fairy bracelet is now on it's way to you but I have missed the Christmas post to America, so it could take a while to get there...I really hope you will receive it before Xmas.

    Best wishes.

  7. Jo, I can't wait for my bracelet! It will be cherished no matter when it gets here :0) Glad to hear I'm not alone in "the quest to find pants that fit" Happy Holidays to you as well, Love, Alina x

  8. I enjoyed this post too, I am another short one, 5' 2" have always felt happy about it :-)


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