So I feel like as a short person you have some of the most awkward encounters. People feel like they can touch you, pick you up, say things to you without thinking first that wouldn't happen if you were just a few inches (or feet) taller. It just gets weird sometimes! I've had a lot of funny/awkward/weird/uncomfortable encounters I want to share with everyone.
The Annoying Mom Encounter
Many years ago worked at Texas Roadhouse, shoutout to all my Roadies out there! But I was a hostess and working on a super busy Saturday night.
"Johnson, party of 5! I can seat you"
I took the slip off the host stand and motioned for them to follow me. When I stepped down from the host stand, the mom's eyes lit up bigger than I've ever seen.
"Ohhhhhh my god look guys someone smaller than me!!! Boys look!!"
She made her husband and three sons, who were kinda cute, come and stare at me while she stood next to me to show them I was shorter than her. Meanwhile I'm holding their rolls and silverware in my hands just trying to do my job. Ugh.
"Oh my gosh I've never met anyone shorter than me! My bos tease me all the time about how short I am! You're so cute!!"
Okay, this lady was probably 5'4". Granted her husband and kids were tall, but to me if you're 5'4" you're not short in my book. Especially compared to me! So I just giggled and said thanks and tried once again to take them to their time. Let me remind you there's an entire restaurant full of people, and even more people in the waiting area watching this and angrily waiting to be seated.
"Right this way I'll show to your......"
"Can I take a picture with you!?!"
Oh. My. God. This is so embarrassing. Everyone in the host stand and waiting area is now watching me take a photo with this crazy lady because she thinks I'm short. Meanwhile my boss is wondering why I'm causing a scene and not doing my job.
Awkward, embarrassing and every other related adjective.
The Grumpy Old Man Encounter
I was on a flight heading back to Orlando flying on Southwest. They have $5 beer, wine and liquor so I thought why not I'll get a drink. I ordered a jack and joke and the old grumpy man next to me says "Sweetheart are you old enough for that?"
The flight attendant proceeded to ask for my ID afterwards and the people in front and other side were now staring at me, probably waiting to see if I'd get rejected or not.
"Yes, I am actually. "
*Like, mind your own business old man!!*
The Sales Associate Encounter
I went shopping with one of my friends back in high school one weekend. We were in Charlotte Rousse, which was my jam back then. At this time, they also kept the cutest clothes on the top racks. Ugh. But, they also kept ladders in the stores at this time too. This particular store had one of those middle step stool ladders that went up three steps. There was a super cute top that I really wanted and my friend was in the back of the store. What'd I do? Yep, opened up the ladder, crawled to the last step, and grabbed my top.
As soon as I got it I heard a "Excuse me, ma'am?"
Oh no, busted. I turned around and said "I'm so sorry I just really wanted this top and it was at the top and I couldn't reach it!!" And I proceeded to crawl down the ladder as she was telling me it's store policy that customers cannot climb on the ladders and blah blah.
But once my feet touched the ground, she looked way down at me and said "Oh, but I could see why you'd need it. You're so tiny!"
Yep, that same saying I talked about in my last post that drives short people crazy! But hey, at least she understood. I'm convinced they took ladders out of stores and replaced them with the pole things because of short people like me!
The "Little Sister" Encounter
I'm in Victoria's Secret with my mom and sister, having a girls shopping day. I notice a young girl, no older than 10 staring at. This happens often to me, girls that age staring at me, I've decided because I'm their height so they think I should be there age. So it's totally fine. Whatever. But every time I pass her in the store I can tell she's looking over my head like "Woad we're the same height!!"
So we're waiting in line and this little girl and her mom right in front of us. She has her phone out and is on Instagram or doing whatever 10 year old girls do with iPhones now a days. I see her lift up her phone, a bit higher, a bit higher, and then kind turn her head back to me......
She's taking a photo of me. Clearly.....in broad daylight too! (Ringer reference, you should watch it) But I'm just like whaatttttt areeee youuuu doinngggg!? I can see you're taking a photo of me, and yes we're roughly the same height. This is why I firmly believe children 10 and under should not have phones!
You can see how things get a little awkward sometimes, right!? If you'd like to hear about even more awkward and uncomfortable encounters as a short girl let me know by clicking the "comments" button above! As always, check back every Wednesday for a brand new #theshortgirldiaries!
Thanks for reading peeps.