I have always been short. I’ve been measured many times and have ranged anywhere from 5 feet 1/4 inch to a high of 5 feet 1 inch. I don’t know why there was such a span, but I attribute it to poor vision on the part of some of the individuals who measured me. I was always ecstatic when I thought I was 5 feet 1 inch. It made me feel “tall”! However, life marches on and the inches are dropping by the wayside as my body moves towards making me look like a pancake with legs. We seem to not only get shorter but wider. Let’s face it, when you lose height the flesh has to go somewhere, and unfortunately it seems to go to your waist. I am now vertically challenged.
Oh, I know there are other short people, and there is always someone really tall who let’s me know their plight is just as hard. Well, I sure would like to get the chance to experience their problem. Being short and having to buy clothing can be a real trial by fire. Try buying a pair of pants. When their done being tailored, you also have a pair of shorts from the left over material. Now that might sound like a good thing, but not when the pants are tapered. Blouses and jackets are always too long as are the arms. I was ecstatic when the new three-quarter length sleeves came out, but their just a tad bit too short to look right. In fact, they make you look like you went to a seamstress that might have had a grudge against you.
Of course there is always the possibility that I could go to a store that sells petite clothing. But, I am not petite. I have the body of a mature woman trapped in a small space. I am endowed with a “full figure”. I always hated that expression when I went shopping with my mother or grandmother. I was sure I was not going to follow in their footsteps because I was much more invested in staying in shape. Be careful what you rail against because you just might eat your words. I have now become their clone.
The rational mind when it’s engaged knows that there is nothing we can do about certain issues. I can not make myself taller, in fact I know for a fact that as I age I will continue to get shorter, but then so will everyone around me. The only problem is that most of the people I know started out being taller. I just have to keep my sense of humor intact, and to remember that”I’m a short person who thinks tall”!
When I was growing up people put black wreaths on their doors and wore black arm bands to show the public they had lost a family member. I suggest we all do that to mourn the loss of common sense. Over the past twenty years I have witnessed the increasing demise of a behavioral model that my generation had drilled into them on a daily basis. We were told to mind your manners, pick up your clothes, if you use something put it back, when you visit someone be a good guest and ask if you can help. Teachers were not reprimanded for giving a child a bad grade if they did not perform up to speed by parents who felt their child was akin to Einstein. Nor were sports an obsession that had nine-year olds going to boot camp for pitching. Games were fun and the outdoors were for exploring, and creating imaginary worlds. Parents didn’t need to give their kids snacks and bottled water if they were outside longer than a couple of hours. In fact I remember drinking out of the hose in the back yard. I never got the plague, warts or hives from the hose.
Most kids knew their place. You just didn’t try to get your way by jumping up and down or repeating yourself over and over like a parrot. My mother and many others I knew just gave you a look. I have heard parents today say they have to give their child what they want because their self-esteem might be compromised when they grow up!. What ever happened to the word “brat”. If someone always gets what they want, they are a brat and will turn into a self-absorbed adult with no concern for others. Common sense dictates that in order to live in a civilized society we need to be aware of others and their needs as well. But, let’s face it if a kid doesn’t get what he wants today he can make a YouTube video of his parents chastising him and get a petition signed to have his parents sent to a Gulag in Russia.
You can sue anyone for anything today as well. We have become a litigious society ready and able to blame someone for the smallest infractions. We can all remember how a woman who spilled hot coffee in her lap was awarded a huge settlement . Isn’t coffee supposed to be hot?
Unfortunately we will be at the mercy of what I describe as “the death of the obvious” until we decide to embrace responsibility, reason, accountability and the knowledge that we are a part of the universe not the center.