Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Being short is awesome. Right...?

Today I saw a research participant who was quite a jolly woman. I remembered testing her in our previous session and getting along with her very well. We talked about many important issues today, such as shoes and Swiffer sweepers (I must admit, I am gifted at the art of small talk).

We go into my little research office and one of the first things I did was record her height measurement. This participant had shrunk by 1 inch since her last visit, and even more discouraging in her mind was the loss of two inches over the course of three years. Now, I don't like frowns so I attempted to turn it upside with a few words of consolation. I told her that being short was, indeed, very useful and proceeded to tell her the benefits, as if I were selling "shortness" to her.

First of all, short is cute, generally speaking. Secondly, finding a boyfriend can be a bit easier as boys tend to have height complexes. Lastly, it is much easier to eavesdrop on important conversations without being noticed when short.

However, my pitch was unsuccessful today. The participant told me with a smile on her face, "The older I get the shorter I am and the closer I come to my grave."

Now, before I go to sleep I ask a question to the void: am I alone in my affection for petiteness?


  1. Personally I enjoy being tall and muscular, but I'm sure there are many advantages to being petite like, I don't know, maybe finding clothes that fit you? ;-) My sister however would be a lost cause to your petiteness cheerleading as her 5-foot frame has to be accompanied by heels all of the time lol.

    BTW, I'm glad I followed the link to your blog from pm101, it's very refreshing :)

  2. Thank you for the comment, Michelle. Like your sister I am 5 ft tall as well. You know, often people who are taller want to be shorter. And vice versa. But, I am often stunned when I talk about being happy the way I am and others seem to think it is a bad thing to be happy about yourself. I once heard that the thing makes you the most different is actually your most special feature. And I believe in this saying, I really do.

  3. P.S. The one annoying thing: pants are always too long!! Haha :P


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