Think Tall

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”!


2 Replies to “Think Tall”

  1. Dear Loretta, Great things come in small packages 🙂 Me, You and Eda. She was only 4’11 but she was the biggest thing in any room, her personality was Huge! she was Italian too!
    I know it’s awful to be so small 🙁 I can’t see the signs in some stores or reach things on top shelves .. but I can climb them .. 🙂 .. gotta make “short” work for ya 😉
    I know what you mean, if it is big enough for my chest it is too short for my arms.
    I buy levis because the length and waste can be bought to fit: 28 x 28 fits me better than any size 5 or 6. Some day maybe I will have the way to get a suit made to fit me? I’m more like a 7 on top and 5 on the bottom.
    ~ remember in the 80’s when they added all the extra material to the arms? like “bat wings”
    I couldn’t find anything that didn’t make me look like a summer squash!
    I admit, I am still wearing clothes from the 70’s. till I see something better …
    Loretta, with your smile and your strong presence I doubt you give the impression of being undersized.

  2. I too, am vertically challenged, when I buy capri pants it just looks like my pants are too short. I also have huge boobs, but that’s a whole other challenge!

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