I cannot even tell you guys how many times I have been in weird situations because of my height. For those of you who don’t know, I am a freshman in high school standing at the wonderful height of 4ft 10.5in. It’s not my fault either. Genetics just decided to be a bully. I know what you’re thinking. “Anushka, don’t you think you’re exaggerating. It can’t be that bad!” It isn’t that bad. I never really cared about my height. But there are just certain times I’m thinking why does my short stature affect people that much. So to help me cope, here are a bunch of problems that you encounter when you are short:
Most clothes are made to fit average-sized people. If I were to buy, shirts based on my actual age, my shirt would fit me like a mini-dress. So normally I have to buy a size or two shorter. However, 12-13 year olds still have a different fit than 14-15 year olds. As a result, the fitting is usually still weird. When I do find something that fits me nicely, you can bet that it will be that outfit I wear for weeks on end.
Step Stools Being Your BFF
A step stool is required for almost ANY task. Need to see what I’m cooking? Step stools. Need to grab something from the very top shelf? Step stools. Need to stand face to face with someone? You already know that I have a ladder if needed. People think I’m exaggerating, but no. Until I turned 11-12, I still needed a step stool to brush my teeth at a sink about 4 ft tall. No hate for step stools… love them!
Climbing On Top Of Counters For Everything
If I needed to reach something in the topmost cabinets, I needed to climb on top of kitchen counters. Yet, this doesn’t only apply to kitchen counters. If you are short, you have climbed, counter tops, pantry shelves, closet shelves, furniture, and all sorts of crazy things. Normally, climbing on top of things is not very hard. But keeping in mind that we are already small… it’s a struggle. I was grabbing laundry today. To grab everything, I had to practically dive head-first into my own washing machine. It’s a problem to say the least.
My Little Sister Picking Me Up
You know it’s bad when your little sister, who is literally five years younger than you, can lift you up the ground for a solid 10 seconds. And it’s even more annoying when she loves doing it. I cannot tell you the amount of times my sister will randomly pick me up. And all you can hear is me screaming looking like an idiot as my littler sister picks me 3 inches off the floor.
Every short person knows that this is the ABSOLUTE worst part. You get used to being short. Being short itself isn’t bad. Yet, society finds a way to make us ha- I mean have a strong dislike for it.
Exhibit A: “WOAH! YOU’RE IN _TH GRADE!
I know I have said this a ridiculous number of times. But YOU CAN’T EVEN FATHOM HOW MUCH I HEAR THIS. Other than the normal encounters, there is one I specifically remember how crazy it was. I was in 7th grade and was attending the Back To School Night. This RANDOM 4th grader kid walked up to me and told me that the elementary school was across the street!! Excuse me?! Obviously, it is now clear to me what he was doing, but originally, I was thinking “Why did he tell me that?” I proceed to tell him that I go to this school. Keep in mind that this kid is literally younger than me. He proceeds to tell me “Oh, you’re one of the new 5th graders cool!” (Background: my school is a 5-12th grade charter school). I can’t even- WHAT? At this point, it smacked me in the face that this kid is literally looking at my height and making these assumptions. Yet, I can’t even blame him, because this wasn’t the first time this ever happened to me. I tell him that I’m in 7th grader. Of course, he proceeds to state the obvious. WOAH! 7th grade! You’re really short.
Me: *sighs* When does life get easier?
Exhibit B: Carnival/Theme Park Rides
I LOVE going on roller coasters. However, when you are required to be 5 ft to ride one, I have to watch all my friends go on this huge roller coaster that they know I would have loved. Meanwhile, I’m sitting with my parents just outside watching them. In Arizona, they have something called the Ostrich Festival with rides and games and ostrich races and much more. It lasts for 3 days and normally would’ve happened around a month ago (you all can guess what happened). But whenever we go, I always plan to wear shoes with a little thickness to them. Like one time, I wore Heelys, but I closed off the wheels. With those, I probably gained like 2-3 inches of height that I didn’t have before.
Sorry, I haven’t been writing! I’ve been having a bit of writer’s block, plus I have a secret project that I have been working on. I can’t wait to share it with you guys. In the meantime, stay safe and have a good day!