5-Feet On A Good Day

Lifestyle of the Vertically Challenged

Let’s Go Midgets!

So apparently there’s some big sports event going on today or something…

Okay, okay, I know…it’s Superbowl Sunday.

And honestly, I couldn’t give a damn.

I could care less about professional sports teams because frankly, no one should be getting paid millions of dollars to play a game.

The only reason that I would watch the Superbowl is for the commercials and so that I have an excuse to eat wings and have a few beers.

But being that I have to wake up around 6am for a job tomorrow, I’ll probably be snoozing by half-time.

So despite the fact that I’m a New Yorker and the Giants are in today’s Superbowl, I just don’t really care.

I just can’t wait for football season to officially be over because I’m sick of all social media being taken over by football status’ all winter.

“Let’s go big blue!!!!”

“Let’s go Giants!”

Why should I be rooting for a team called the Giants, when I am a shorty supporter?

I’d rather root for the Midgets!

And apparently there is a Midgets football team.

There’s a couple of them actually. They’re not actual dwarfs who play football, but rather youth leagues.

I’ll focus on one in particular for today. The Giants have their own youth league called the New Jersey Junior Midget football team.

And they’re pretty good!

New Jersey Junior Midgets

For several seasons, the Midgets have gone undefeated and in 2009, they won the Junior Midget Pop Warner National Championship. Not only do they play well, but they’re respectable young players, as they also claimed the sportmanship award.

At this point, their season has been over for a while, but I’m going to continue to support them, even though they’ll probably all grow up to be at least a head taller than me. Kids deserve more support than grown men who are way overpaid to play games that they played in school.

Let’s go Midgets!

 

 

 

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High on Caffeine

I wouldn’t consider myself to be a caffeine addict, but I can’t deny that I need a cup of coffee every morning to get me started and I drink a few cups of tea a day.

I don’t know how much truth there is to the belief that coffee stunts your growth, but I do recall being a coffee drinker during my prime growing years. So maybe it did have an effect on my height. Who knows.

To make up for it’s growth stunting affects, I believe there is a coffee company out there that aims to make short people feel better about themselves.

Starbucks.

I rarely drink Starbucks, because, well a $5 cup of coffee just doesn’t fit into my daily budget.

But every now and then, when I’m in Starbucks city, aka Manhattan, I’ll treat myself to a special Starbucks beverage, particularly their Frappuccino’s.

Now I don’t really understand why they have to have such pretentious size names. Maybe to make people feel like they’re getting something fancy for their five bucks. “Ah yes, May I have a venti cafe mocha with an extra shot of espresso? And can I have extra napkins. I don’t want to stain my Chanel suit”

Yeah, that’s not me.

I tend to stick to the “Tall” size when I go to Starbucks, partly because it’s the least expensive, but also because I love the fact that the shortest size is called “Tall.”

Normally, at every other coffee place, the smallest size is just called Small, but Starbucks makes the shorties feel extra special by naming their smallest size Tall.

I like your thinking Starbucks!

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Shortlink

I’ve always noticed this after finishing a blog post and it humors me every time due to the content of my blog.

 

 

Shortlink!

 

Ha!, WordPress, you funny.

Really all that it does is provide a shorter link to your blog which is made for social media, particularly Twitter.

But part of me feels like WordPress has a sense of humor.

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The Anti-Pants Movement

I hate pants.

I was recently reminded of this when I went shopping yesterday and happened to buy two new pairs of pants, both of which are going to require shortening.

Ughhhhh.

I have many reasons for hating pants.

My family is always joking around with me because I am rarely found wearing pants around the house.

I’ve heard my sister tell me “Put your pants on!” more times than anyone should probably hear in their lifetime.

What can I say? I’d rather spend my day in a tshirt and underwear, a towel, a robe, or maybe even shorts in the summer time. I love the freedom of having my legs unconstrained by denim, polyester, cotton, or whatever it is that pants are made of nowadays.

I dread the day when the summer months come to an end, my pants-free lifeguard job is over, the weather starts getting colder, and I am forced into wearing the evil leg constrictors.

But one of the biggest reasons that I don’t like pants is because I cannot find pants that fit me!

Not only do I have to find pants that will fit my waist, hips, and butt, but as a short woman, I also need to have pants that fit my lacking-length legs.

Finding pants that are the perfect fit is damn near impossible!

I’ve been wearing pants for many years of course because it is socially unacceptable to go out in public without them, but I have never been able to find a store that has pants that are made for short people.

Now I know there are people out there that are going to say, “but there are stores that make ‘short’ pants!”

Believe me, I am quite aware of stores that try to be considerate and carry jeans in ‘long,’ ‘regular,’ and ‘short’ sizes, in order to accommodate all different heights.

BUT…

The so called ‘short’ pants, are still TOO LONG for me.

Apparently I don’t fall into fashion’s idea of how short the average short person is.

I always buy the ‘short’ size pants, yet I still need to:

a)shorten them, which is inconvenient expense for someone who is out of a job,

b)roll them up, which looks ridiculous,

c) stuff them into boots, which is only doable in the winter, when boots are worn,

or

d) just deal with the fact that the bottom of my pants will always have holes in them from stepping on them, dirt everywhere from dragging them on the ground, and will occasionally be soaking wet if there are puddles around.

All of these reasons just make me want to become Queen of the world and banish all pants forever.

However, I am aware that there are many people out there that do the world a favor by covering their legs.

And I am aware that a no pants law might encourage more sexual harassment and even rapes.

No bueno. The world can do without that.

But mannnn I can’t even buy capri pants, the cropped pants that come just past your knee or above your ankles, because capri pants tend to fit me almost like regular pants. I even have to roll them up for them to actually be capri pants.

I don’t know what to do.

I wouldn’t join a nudist colony. I may not like wearing pants, but I am perfectly fine with being fully covered up top and wearing underwear. I am not about to prance around in my birthday suit with other nudist colony members. I do not need my bare behind sitting where an old naked man sat a few minutes before me.

Noooo thank you sir!

I don’t even have the courage to partake in an annual event that celebrates and encourages not wearing pants.

Improv Everywhere’s No Pants Subway Ride

I’m always well aware of when this event will take place and I always consider partaking in the festivities myself, but I can never bring myself to do it.

The idea of sitting in my underwear on a NYC train just skeeves me out. With the amount of people that ride the subway on a daily basis, I can only imagine how many germs ride along with them.

Also, I already have to deal with sketchy men who take my pants off with their eyes on the subway. I don’t need to give them more excitement by doing them the favor of literally taking my own pants off and letting my butt hang all out there.

I’ll pass.

So, I’m sort of out of ideas.

Pants are not going away anytime soon and I have to just live with the fact that there are times where I must wear them.

So I would greatly appreciate it if someone could suggest some stores that actually sell pants for short women.

Please don’t suggest buying kid’s pants because that’s a bit degrading and I would never be able to fit my waist into kid’s size pants anyway, even if they are shorter.

There must be some store out there that sells pants for the real shorties!

If not, I may just start my own business one day and create clothes just for short people.

Anyone have approximately $1 million, so I can get started on that?

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On the defense

My blog is starting to get noticed by random people in cyberland. I’ve only shared this with my friends and followers on Twitter and Facebook, but I suppose with the help of search engines, people are falling upon my little creative outlet here.

However, along with the acknowledgement, my blog is also getting criticism, and while I respect people’s opinions, I also feel the need to defend myself based upon a blog that was written about my blog.

I recently received a comment from a man named Geoff A., who writes a blog about heightism, “A Blog dedicated to the exploration of height bias and discrimination. ”

Geoff took it upon himself to critique my blog as part of his exploration.

You can find the link to his post here.

I appreciate how Geoff decided to link me in his Tumblr blog, because I got a lot more traffic coming in than usual, but I was a little thrown off by his commentary.

Geoff mentions that he almost didn’t want to link my blog because he found it to be “heightist.”

Upon looking up a clear definition of heightist, I found it to mean “Someone who believes that people are superior to or inferior to others on account of their respective heights, or that people of differing heights have different moral qualities and intellectual capabilities.”

So basically, what I get from that is that my blog is like racist, but in regards to height.

WOAH!

So this guy thinks that I believe that taller people are superior to shorter people, as he mentions how I have “a post praising tall men for their height.” Perhaps this makes Geoff a little insecure, as he describes himself as a short man in his blog. However, I have to argue with the statement about me praising tall men for their height, especially if he read over my reasoning for why I think I may be more attracted to taller men. I apologize if it is wrong for me to have some subconscious attraction to taller men. If he read the end of my blog post, he also would have noticed that I don’t have anything against short men. Some men like blondes, some like brunettes. Some people have a thing for Asian men or women and some may find another ethnicity attractive. I don’t think I should feel bad for preferring a tall guy over a short guy. I don’t discriminate against short men, as a “heightist” might do. It’s just a matter of attraction.

Geoff went on to label me as a “self-hating short person” based on my recent posts. So maybe Geoff didn’t mean that I am heightist towards others, but rather, towards myself. As if I think I am less worthy and inferior because I, myself am short.

Let me set this straight. While I have a blog dedicated to the fact that I am a short person, it really isn’t an important factor in my life. I do not go around on a daily basis saying “woe is me, how i wish i was taller.” That really isn’t the case. I write this blog for my own entertainment purposes and for those who find it entertaining. I enjoy writing and I simply use this as a way to keep writing as I try to obtain a writing related career. So anyone that reads this shouldn’t really take it that seriously.

I do not hate myself because I am short. I do not hate my height. I also do not think of myself as inferior to others because I am short. I consider myself to be an intelligent person, with good morals, and I don’t feel better than or inferior to anyone that is taller or shorter than 5 feet. It’s simply a characteristic of me. I’ve been around 5 feet since the 7th grade. Trust me, I’m used to it by now. I embrace my height. I try to write a mix of posts where my height really is a convenience and really is a good thing, but If I’m being realistic, there are also situations in life where my height does factor in and makes something a little more difficult. I try to write posts about the good and the bad and I even throw in a few posts about short people who are inspiring and short people who are uncomfortable about their height. I apologize If I come off as a “self-hating short person” because I may have a few more posts where I talk about how my height was an issue in a certain situation. Thing is, i enjoy writing posts like that because I can find humor in the situation and I enjoy making people laugh. I apologize if anyone is thrown off by my sarcasm and exaggeration that I include in some of my posts, when it comes to issues with my height.

When it comes down to it, my height is just another part of me. I chose to write about my height and occasionally I mention how a situation could have been different if I had a few extra inches to spare. I also write about how I benefit from my height in certain situations. I could have chosen to write about being a female and discuss how I wish I was a man sometimes because it would be fantastic to be able to pee standing up. If only I had a penis… But then someone would probably criticize me for having an Electra complex or penis envy, so I must be sexist.

Later in his post, Geoff goes on to say how he changed his mind and decided to link my blog because he enjoyed my earlier posts which he calls “thoughtful and honest”, where I guess I wrote more content about my height being a positive thing. I am eternally grateful that he would find it within himself to change his feelings about how he thinks I feel about my height(Note, this is also sarcasm.) He also seems to think that I have a “love/hate” relationship with my height and that maybe, like him, I will grow out of my “heightism” and learn to not look at my height as “a personal failing.”

Not once did I think about my height as a personal failing, so I apologize if that seems apparent in my blog.

I guess what I have learned from this is that there are always going to be the critics out there. Someone is always going to have something to say. Someone is always going to have their feelings and opinions about what you put out there and the only thing you can do is laugh it off, or maybe just try to change the critics opinions if you feel that they’re a little off. This is why I’ve attempted to explain myself a bit here in response to the author of “The Social Complex.”

But I also feel like I shouldn’t have to explain myself or apologize for anything that I wrote, so every “sorry” and “I apologize” that I wrote above is just another touch of sarcasm. My blog is what it is and I’m not sorry for anything that I write.

I’m not trying to correct “heightism” because I never saw it as a big issue in society, with the exception of employers discriminating against short people in the work place and there being proof that taller people are paid more than shorter people, just as males are paid more than females. Yes, this is a problem, but there are much bigger problems out there that need recognition. Racism is still very prominent in every day society and it is a much bigger issue than “heightism” ever will be. People are harmed and even killed every day because of racist hatred. I’d personally rather focus on the bigger issues in our society that need fixing.

If you truly are interested in heightism though, do check out Geoff’s blog. Despite his distaste for many of my posts, we do have some similar content and he is a talented writer, so I fully support that. And congratulations to him on being able to “evolve in [his] thinking” about his height.

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It’s my birthday!

Happy Birthday to me.
I am twenty-three.
I’m still a shorty.
La la tee-hee!

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I like my men big ;)

Being a short girl comes with the advantage of being able to choose between a larger pool of men because I could date a man who is 5’1, or a guy who is 6’3 and it wouldn’t be a problem. For some tall girls, they feel that they need to be with someone who is taller, so they have less options to choose from. I, on the other hand, am very unlikely to even encounter a legal male who is shorter than me.

But even so, I like tall men.

I don’t know if I have a “type” when it comes to the opposite sex, but I believe that I find myself more attracted to taller guys.

I mean in my case, compared to me, every guy probably seems tall, but I think I have a thing for guys that are significantly taller than myself.

My boyfriend, who I’ve been with for over 5 years, is at least a whole foot taller than me.

The majority of the pictures that I take with him are taken when we’re both sitting, so I don’t have too much proof of how much taller he is than me, but here is an example. Ignore the fact that we’re both vampires. (It was Halloween and I got him to go along with doing this when I was in a Twilight-crazed stage of my life).

So yeah, he’s pretty damn tall compared to me, but I enjoy the fact that he’s taller.

I like the cute aspect of having to stand on my toes or him having to lean down to kiss me. I like how he can easily rest his arms on my shoulders. I like how I can bury myself into his chest and he can wrap his arms around me when it’s cold out. I like how he can rest his chin on my head or kiss my forehead with ease.

Our height difference isn’t really a factor when it comes to our relationship.

I guess I am attracted to the fact that he’s tall.

But even aside from my relationship, If I happen to notice a man and think to myself “oh hey, he’s cute”, the individual is usually pretty high up there.

There are a few hypotheses that I’ve derived from this situation.

A) It might just be that I notice really tall men first because I’m used to constantly having to look up at people. I’m too busy looking high up to notice someone that might be closer to my own height.

B) I may have a subconscious desire to obtain a taller mate so that If we were to ever have children, they would have a better chance at being an average height.

C) Perhaps my perspective has led me to believe that the guys that I notice are significantly taller, but they’re really just average height.

D) My dad may have had a point when he said “You better marry someone who’s at least 6’3” when we were discussing how I need someone to protect me because I’m little. I like the idea of being protected.

E) Maybe since I’ve been with my boyfriend for so long, I’ve developed a preference for taller guys because I’m attracted to him. Maybe it’s just the fact that I notice people that are close to his height because they remind me of him.

Now I’m not saying that short guys are unattractive. There are plenty of good looking men that some would consider short.

However, if I were in a situation where I had to choose between marrying an attractive tall man or an equally attractive short man, I’d most likely walk down the aisle with the taller guy.

My apologies to the short men out there that are stuck looking for a short girlfriend. I’m sure there are short girls out there that prefer a guy that doesn’t tower over them.

But this shorty is swept off her little legs by a tall, wonderful guy ❤

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A Leg To Stand On

This post is going to be a little different. As a favor to a friend, I’d like to help her promote an amazing nonprofit organization that she’ll be working with soon.

I try to be silly and add humor to my blog and make it entertaining when it comes to issues with my height, but I also understand that my height isn’t a serious problem.

Things could be worse in my life. As far as I’m concerned, I’m pretty blessed.

I’m an overall healthy human being. I have two eyes, two ears, two hands, and of course… two legs.

Although my legs might not be long, they’re still fully functional. Even if they weren’t, I’m lucky enough to have family and health insurance and ways to correct any problems that I could possibly have.

In fact, when I was born, my legs weren’t always so perfect. I was born with clubfoot, meaning my feet turned inwards and I pretty much wasn’t going to be able to walk or maybe even stand if they weren’t corrected.

Not long after I was born, I was fortunate enough to have surgery to fix my feet.

After having to wear casts and go through a bit of rehabilitation when I was little, I have been able to walk and move around pretty well.  I was on a soccer, softball, and swim team in school. I was able to lifeguard for several years and I still continue to put my legs to good use, because I am able to.

For some children in less fortunate situations in several developing countries around the world, they are not able to correct their leg or foot problems so easily.

The nonprofit group, A Leg To Stand On (ALTSO), has been trying to change that.

ALTSO raises funds and holds programs to help disabled children around the world. They provide free prosthetic limbs, corrective surgeries, and rehabilitation to kids in need.

The group set up their first program in 2003 in India. Since then, they have been able to grow and they now have 19 programs in 15 countries, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Haiti.

For more information on what they do…watch this quick video.

If you have two fully functional legs, try to imagine what it might be like if you didn’t. Life wouldn’t be so easy.

Here are just some examples of children who know what that’s like and who are now able to walk again because of ALTSO.

Sowedo, of Kampala, Uganda suffered from clubfoot, just like me. However he had to live with the immobility and pain of this disability for eight years because his family was unable to afford corrective surgery.

With the generous help of those who donated and through the programs that ALTSO offers, Sowedo is able to walk without pain and he even runs along with his classmates.

Good as new!

Kiran of Rajasthan, India was struck by a car in 2008. The bones in his lower left leg were crushed and he underwent an amputation  to save his life.

With the help of ALTSO, four-year old Kiran now has a prosthetic lower leg and he is able to walk very well with continuing rehabilitation.

A Leg To Stand On is doing amazing things. They’re giving hope and a new sense of life to children that may have grown up with permanent disabilities. These children can now grow and live a bit of an easier life now that they are able to have mobility. They are able to attend school and grow up with an education, which they may have been denied because of their handicap.

If you would like to donate to ALTSO or learn about ways to get involved…

Check out their website

ALTSO

“Like” them on Facebook

A Leg To Stand On

Or

Follow them on Twitter

@alegtostandon

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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Today is a bad day…

It’s happened.

Today, I am not 5 feet tall.

Let me explain how this began.

I was hanging out with my boyfriend yesterday. We were both standing up and I noticed that I felt a little shorter or maybe he got a bit taller. But there was definitely a new difference between us.

Later on in the night, we were standing on a street corner, waiting to cross the street, and he looks at me and laughs and says “You short person…”

I just found a measuring tape and out of curiosity, I decided to try it out.

I SHRANK!

I am about 59 and a half inches.

I really did shrink.

I’m going to stick with my theory and I’m just going to think that today is not such a great day, or maybe it’s just because I measured myself at night after being on my feet a lot today.

At least, I hope that’s the explanation.

I’m going to have a good night’s rest and take out the evil height determination tool tomorrow, and I’ll see if there are any changes.

But for now, I’m in a semi-state-of-shock because I really cannot afford to get any shorter!

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The New Shortest Woman in the World

A few months ago, I wrote a post about Bridgette Jordan, the world’s shortest woman.

However, on December 16th, Jyoti Amge of Nagpur, India celebrated her 18th birthday, along with her new claim to the Guinness World Record of the shortest woman in the world.

Jyoti Amge is 2.7 inches shorter than Bridgette Jordan’s two feet and three inches, making her two feet and .7 inches tall(24.7 in)

Her short stature is the result of a type of dwarfism called achondroplasia. Also due to this, she will most likely remain at the record breaking height of 24.7 inches.

Amge doesn’t see her height as a bad thing as  she says “I feel grateful to be this size; after all, if I weren’t small and had not achieved these world records, I might never have been able to visit Japan and Europe, and many other wonderful countries.”

Her tiny stature has made her a bit of a celebrity around the world. Amge couldn’t be happier with her record. For her, the record may be a ticket to fame as it puts her city of Nagpur on the map and it may also help her dream of becoming a Bollywood actress.

I hope to see her dreams come true as well.

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