Whoever says size does not matter is lying. I am four feet, 10 inches and three quarters, and I am here to tell you that size DOES matter, every little quarter inch. The truth is, the world doesn't cater to people under five feet. It pretends to, but when it comes down to it, it's a big world filled with big people, and there doesn't seem to be much room for short people to prosper.
For one thing, it is impossible for a grown adult under five feet to find clothes that fit them. We try to go to adult stores like the adults we are, but do you think we can find any jeans that fit the length of our legs? No. The only jeans that fit the length of our legs are so thin and tight we can barely pull them past our thighs. Just because I'm short does not mean I am built like Barbie. I'm not asking for much, just a normal fitting pair of jeans that isn't six inches longer than my body, thanks.
The world also seems to think that short people don't like to have fun either. I mean, there are hundreds of amusement parks all around the world, and they all share one thing in common: There are height requirements to ride a roller coaster, which is understandable, yes, with safety regulations and everything. But, how come you have to be tall for all of the fun and exciting roller coasters? Growing up, the only roller coasters we were tall enough to ride were the baby roller coasters that barely even had a drop, and forget about going upside down. I'll never forget the day I was finally tall enough to ride all of the roller coasters at Hershey Park. Unfortunately, I was well into my adulthood, and I was standing in line with a bunch of 10 year olds towering over me. That doesn't seem very fair to me.
Then there is the issue of not being taken seriously. People under five feet can not even feel emotions in the same way. If a short person is angry and tries to assert themselves or maybe even be a little feisty, everyone thinks it is a joke. They will laugh and say, "Aw that's cute, you're trying to be mad." No, this is not cute. I am angry, and I would like my emotions to have validation. Now I understand why Plankton is so frustrated all the time.
Or how about the joys of going anywhere with your parents. You go to a restaurant and they ask your mom how many children's menus you need. Or you ask for a drink and they bring it out to you in a children's cup with a lid and a straw. Excuse me, but I am old enough to purchase alcohol; I don't think I need a sippy cup. Or you go to purchase eye glasses and the man that is helping you asks how old you are. When you say you're 21, he laughs and says, "Oh, I thought you were 10, guess I can't offer you the children's deal." I understand I am under five feet tall, but did you even look at my face? I'm not saying I may look my age completely, but I am pretty sure you can see that I passed puberty.
I think my favorite part is when people come up to me in bewilderment and repeatedly exclaim how short I am while also asking me if I realize how short I am. No, I actually forgot I am under five feet, thanks for reminding me. As if that was not enough, they then go on to tell me that I am technically a "legal midget." Not only is that offensive, but it is not even a real thing. In order to qualify as a little person, you need to have the medical condition. Besides, there are little people who are over five feet tall, so that statement lost all of its validity.
To top it all off, the world tries to make you feel better by saying "Good things come in small packages." Oh yeah? Have you ever celebrated any holiday or ever received a gift? Because I am almost positive that everyone is always more excited for the bigger gifts than for the little ones. If you see a giant present, you are instantly intrigued and excited to discover what lies on the inside. Meanwhile, the small gifts are called stocking stuffers because they are far from the main event; they are just the small appetizers to warm you up.
People under five feet need to start getting some more recognition around here. Maybe make some stores where we can actually reach everything without having to ask for assistance. Or make a super crazy and exciting roller coaster that we can actually ride. At the very least, stop judging and assuming our age based on how tall we are.
And by the way, the weather is exactly the same down here as it is up there, so don't even ask.