So sorry I missed this post last week! I was working on birthday festivities! :)
But anyways....I feel like I've received a lot of questions and comments asking me about what it was like meeting Tacko; recently and back when this photo was first taken. So I thought I'd write a short post to tell people my experience because I guess this is what people are interested in! Lol.
I was waiting on the sidelines with my cheer team getting ready to cheer on my Knights Football team once again. My coach came over and grabbed my arm and said "Sammie, come here I need you!" Not much of a choice, so I obviously went along! She pulled me over to where some of the new UCF recruits were standing, waiting to be recognized by the fans. She said "Okay, stand here" (next to Tacko) while she proceeded to take a picture. And boom, another viral photo!
I had to reach up to shake his hand as I introduced myself. He was very nice and polite while my coach made us both pose for a picture. You can imagine someone at his height, I'm sure he gets asked for photos all the time. So naturally I thought he would be a little annoyed, but he was so chill about it! J like I talked about before, when you stand out in a room full of people for some specific reason, you have to learn to embrace it or else, be miserable! So yay for Tacko for being so effing cool!!
Honestly, for me, I've met a lot of tall people. Hell, everyone else is pretty much tall to me when it comes down to it! Now of course I don't meet many people who are 7'6" every day, but I'm sure a lot of people don't meet someone who's 4'8" every day either. But it wasn't too different than meeting my other tall peers. He was a little taller than normal, and I did make good eye contact with his belly button, but I make a lot of eye contact with elbows and other body parts every day! (yes, this is true lol)
This photo once again reiterates the fact that athletes come in all shapes and sizes. We're good at a particular sport BECAUSE OF our build most times. I'm sure you wouldn't find Tacko flying through the air in a pyramid, and there's a pretty good chance you won't see me dunking in a basketball game anytime soon. But that's what makes all of this so awesome. People are different shapes, sizes, ethnicities, colors, and everything else for good reasons! That's why I love connecting with people. Everyone has their own, different experiences on the similar things!
Just a short and sweet post for those people that have asked me! Stay tuned for next week when I talk about all the reasons why being short is AWESOME!
Thanks for reading peeps!