Girls Write Out
Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Kristin took this photo at the ACFW conference. The girls were brainstorming in Rachel Hauck's incredible suite and I returned from an appointment and plunked down in the nearest chair. You can't tell from the photo, but um--my feet didn't reach the floor. Despite the two inch heels. Okay, three inch. The girls thought that was so amusing. Out came the cameras. Kristin's, Rachel's, Colleen's . . . what's a girl to do?

Oh, ha, ha. Denise is a shorty. She looks like a little girl in that chair. Isn't that cute? Let's take a picture. Never mind that my 5'2 (and a half inch) self has to hem every pair of pants she buys. Sometimes I think they make women's jeans with Gabrielle Reece in mind. I'm pretty sure my seamstress saves the material she cuts off and makes another pair of jeans from them.

To make matters worse, Kevin is 6'4". I'm sorry, tall women, I know it was unfair of me to take him. But I'm paying for it. In neck pain every time I kiss him, in humiliation every time we have portraits done. Hey, have you ever been told to stand on a stool? Happens every time. Why can't they make him get on his knees, that's what I'd like to know.

I can't see over people's heads at concerts, plays, and movies. Chairs, car seats, and sofas, shaped for taller people, leave me positioned so I have a great view of my belly button. No longer worth looking at, I might add. But that's a whole other blog.

Denise Hunter  
posted at 3:12 AM  
  Comments (19)
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At 10:55 PM, Blogger Jaime said...

But see ... it's tiny pretty people like you that make 5'8" giant, hippy (not the 60's Hippy either!), thigh-thigh ladies' like me go *huge sigh*.

At 12:40 AM, Blogger allen said...

Okay...must confess here...the other day at church, Kevin was on the stage and I was not...he walked over to me, looked down and said, "Now I know how my wife feels."

I laughed.

My wife is 5 fot 6 (so she claims) in and at out wedding we had her stand on two steps so that our faces could be close. I kept the photo on my desk and at work and every time people met Kristi, they were shocked by the fact that she was so short... great, great, great, great, (maybe one more great) grand father was a dwarf. He was under four feet...he was an author, a poet, a teacher and an artist...seems I got everything from his genes except his...well..shortness...

nuff said

At 12:41 AM, Blogger allen said...

not fot...foot...5 foot six inches

At 4:29 AM, Blogger alisa said...

I feel your pain. Im 5'2 (and 3/4s) and my boyfriend is 6'3. :)

At 7:22 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I see what you're saying Jaime, but I gain one pound, and it's like ACK! It actually shows.

LOL Allen. I thought about you and your wife while I was writing the blog.

And Alisa . . . at least we're well-protected. :-)

At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Denise, I'm 5'2" and no fraction. Also 52 years old. Let me warn you, you young thing, you: The kissing neck pain doesn't get better. And the dangling feet? Eventually the nerves going down the back of your legs start complaining that your feet don't touch the ground. Yikes!!!

I was VERY proud of myself on the planes to and from Dallas, though. I actually lifted a rolling computer bag into the overhead bin BY MYSELF without a "big" person helping me!!! Huge sense of accomplishment over here! :) BTW, today I'm up one pound and none of my clothes fit.

Katy McKenna

At 9:10 AM, Blogger Kristy Dykes said...

I'm high-fiving you! I'm 5' 1 and 1/2. Never fails. Somebody tall sits right in front of me everywhere I go.

Thanks for a great article and humor to start my day.

At 9:41 AM, Blogger allen said...

The 'someone' at the movie theater isn't me...I promise. At 6 ft seven I've seen people groan as I ease into my seat at the movies...but then I promptly slouch down real low and hear them breath a sigh of relief...

It's funny how short girls and tall guys hook up. In grad school I dated a girl who was 6 ft 2 and then one who was 4 ft 11...I compromised with the hieght of my wife.

At 9:52 AM, Blogger Jennifer B. Jones said...

They say shorter women look youthful longer though! (I'm holding onto that...with my ever-aging hands.)

Standing tall at 5 ft. 1!!

At 12:40 PM, Blogger Trish Ryan said...

Banana Republic now offers free hemming if you buy thier jeans! My life was changed by this simple discovery :)

At 1:07 PM, Anonymous Tracey said...

I'm with Jaime on this...tiny people like you make me wish for a few inches less...everywhere. :)

But did you know that 43% of American women are 5' 4" or under? An acquaintance of mine is opening a boutique exclusively for petite women, and she found this statistic during her market research (I forget where she found it). So the next time you go bemoaning your petiteness, just know you're not alone!

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Staci said...

I'm 5'1 and a 1/2 (I claim that 1/2 too!)and my husband is a foot taller. When we walk I like to walk on the curb while he walks on the street level. Makes me feel really good to put an arm around HIS shoulders for a change!

At 2:46 PM, Blogger Malia Spencer said...

I'm going to go out on a limb and defend women of average and tall height, at least based on my experiences.

You vertically challenged people may think it's hard to find clothes, never mind men, but you're just living in the wrong state. Come to Hawaii where the population is 80% Asian and you will find these things. There are bigger petite departments and smaller sizes of clothing than there are for regular women.

I have a hard time finding clothes at 5'9 and an average size, let's not even talk about my poor sister at 6'2. The child is a "big" woman and orders most of her clothes online because there are not stores that cater to people of her height or shoe size.

I won't even talk about the unfairness of a 6'4" husband. That would cause my sister and I to dance for joy, okay if I could dance. I have no rhythm. :) Personally I'm hoping for 6'0" but not holding my breath. She's hoping for 6'5." I guess we need to go somewhere that grows tall men. Anyone have any suggestions?

At 7:03 PM, Blogger allen said...

Two wife corrected me...she is not 5 ft 6 but 5 ft 4.

Also, I have one shirt that has sleave long enough for me to not have to roll them up. Finding clothes that fit is hard because clothes for the short can be hemmed...adding material never quite looks right. sigh...

At 8:34 PM, Blogger eileen said...

Hemming pants, dangling legs. Oh yes. I do feel your pain Denise. But you surely can drum!!

(Allen, just add ruffles to your sleeves!)

At 10:03 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Malia, here's the thing, you're getting no sympathy for being 5'9" because you're going to look skinny forever, which makes us cringe just a little. LOL I'm kidding, but the youth is so tall now. I'm 5'7" and I feel short! Denise is darling at any size. My picture only proves it.

At 1:25 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i feel your pain too. i'm 5'1 and mu husband is almost 6'7

At 10:36 AM, Anonymous kt said...

cute pic!

At 3:35 PM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm with you, Denise. I'm 5'1" and no fractions. :o( I have to hem the petites for cryin' out loud. I know all abotu feet not touching. That's why my shoes always fall off in church.

Oh all right, that's not quite the reason - but that's why they stay under the pew. I can't reach them to put 'em back on. Sheesh.


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