Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Pint-Sized Moments: Please Ask Me Awkward Questions

In my 24 years of being tiny, I have been asked a lot of questions about my height. I don't mind when people ask out of genuine curiosity, but somedays it feels like there is a sign above my head that reads "Please ask me awkward questions." Here are a few of the most awkward questions I've been asked, in relation to my height. Enjoy!

"Are you a gymnast?" (I've been asked this several times by complete strangers.)

"What disease do you have?"

"What grade are you in?"

"Can you fit into that duffel bag?"

"Can you see over the steering wheel when you drive?"

"How much do you weigh?"

"Can I see your ID? And then stare at it for 3 minutes while I try to figure out if it's fake because there's no way you're 21?" (Ok, no one has asked me the last part of that question, but it's implied in how long waiters/waitresses take to look over my driver's license.)

In case you're wondering, I'm not a gymnast. I was however a cheerleader for a few years. I don't have a disease, although I did have many medical issues as a baby. I'm not a student. I will admit that I have been zipped into several suitcases, to see if I could fit. I can see over the steering wheel, I just have to adjust my seat. And I'll tell you how much I weigh if you tell me how much you weigh! :)

Really though, I don't mind the questions when people are polite and genuine. So ask away! Just think about how awkward your question is, and adjust accordingly!


  1. That's so funny, I'm not as short as you are but am short at 5'2...however the worst part is my voice. My brother calls me "squeaker" and I have been made fun of in every country I've visited, in multiple languages, for this pipsqueaky little voice. I once had a stranger tell me that I should do voice-overs in -- well we'll call them not-for-kids movies -- and that was pretty darn uncomfortable. The only and last time I called into a radio they completely didn't listen to what I was saying and instead told me to go clean my room. So yeah, I feel your pain :-)

  2. kirstinalexanderMay 9, 2012 at 8:37 AM

    Im pretty petit as well, Im 5'2, and I was very small before I got pregnant with my son Julian. My pregnancy and his birth was pretty hard for me just because I have such a small frame and he was such a big baby. Did you have any similar issues? How was being pregnant different for you than for most women, or do you feel like your pregnancy was pretty normal?

  3. I'm an average height, but i have a few teeny, tiny friends! One of them had to get the seat in her car worked on at the shop so that it would adjust enough for her to see over the steering wheel. You are adorable! I am following along via RSS!
    Alesha <3

  4. my favorite awkward question everyone asks me when i mention your height is, "so is she technically a midget, then?"

  5. I didn't think about that one! But oh, it has been asked many times, hasn't it? Thanks for standing up for me my friend :)

  6. I am frequently mistaken as a high schooler....sometimes even a middle schooler.
    One time I was in the check out line at Ikea and the little girl in front of me swung around and asked me, "are you a girl or a mom?" at the time, i was not a mom and so i said very sweetly, " i am lady."
    Another time, I was a leader on a church retreat and some of the camp staff came by our cabin early in the morning offering coffee...I gladly grabbed a cup to fill up and one of the staffers said..."this is only for leaders not students." ok, then.
    All that to say, I feel for you, girl!


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