You Must Be This Tall.

I’m short, I get it. I’ve been this tall for um, I don’t know, 16 years. I’ve heard all the jokes. ALL of them. But yet, people think they are so clever and that they just came up with a new one. No you didn’t. I’ve heard it 376,000 times.

When you’re 59 1/4 inches tall (you do the math, and yes that quarter is very important), you learn to live with the comments, the patting on the head, the references of being “a little girl.” No one takes you seriously, no one, especially in the work setting.

I have this co-irker who EVERY.SINGLE.DAY makes a comment. They are:

  • “Who’s at the front desk? Oh it’s you, I couldn’t see you down there.”
  • “Little girl, (insert request here).”
  • “Isn’t she just adorable, our little girl?

You get the idea. Annoying right?

But instead of just saying something to her, I keep my trap shut and burn up inside. You would think after 16 years I would just let them roll off my back. But it’s hard. I don’t want to be see as a “little girl” (although this will come in handy when I’m 50 and whining about how old I am). I am a young woman, a mother, a wife, a friend, a hard worker (most of the time). I am NOT a little girl.

And no, I don’t have to use a booster seat in the car. (Yes, I’ve been asked this…seriously).

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  1. That is so irritating! They have no class! How about telling them to cut it off and to respect you. They should respect you. If they have nothing nice to say, they should keep their mouth shut. You can do it, **cheering for you***

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  2. I've got you beat by about 2 inches so I get it. Surprisingly I don't get many comments but that would annoy me. And the thing I hate the most is the short torso! I also hate that my folks never got me into gymnastics…I could be a millionaire by now!

  3. I'm right there with you. I'm 5'2 and 1/2 and yes the half is important. I'm not the shortest person, but It's pretty short.

  4. Ugh!! That would seriously piss me off if I had to hear that every day. I think I'd lose my cool on co-IRKer (love that btw!).

  5. I would be so annoyed and frustrated. Why is it that people feel they can make comments like that? You need a good come-back for the co-worker. Something like "I know you are but what am I"… but for grown-ups.

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