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Good things come in all kinds of packages

By Judey Kalchik Published 5 months ago 3 min read

I use distilled water often. For some reason the local groceries keep that water in troughs that magically push a new bottle into place when the one at the front of the line is purchased.

It's just hard for me to start that whole ideal situation, because the tips of my fingers just barely touch the bottom of the shelf, even when I stand on tiptoe. Usually I find assistance by climbing up the racks and flailing around over my head with one hand while clinging like a koala to the shelves.

It's rather remarkable how that tends to bring the store staff who, previously not to be found, appear like magic to hand down the heavy bottles to me.

Recently, I needed something placed on top of the cabinet at work, so I asked someone for help, explaining that I needed someone taller than me to do it. He laughed and said that narrowed it down to approximately everyone else in the building.

Point taken.

I am a short woman from a line of short women. My mama was short. My grandmas were short. My aunts were short.

Cousins? Also short. I’m kind of used to it, but there are times that I’d like it to be different.

Like, when I am trying to see if something in the microwave at home, which is over the stove, is cooked. I cannot see the actual tray without a step stool. Anything thinner than an inch is dead to me in there.

In fact, you could hide money up there and I would never know it.

I’d like to have long legs that go on forever, like in the movies. The kind that looked wicked cool in sky-high heels. You just know she doesn’t need those heels to keep her slacks from dragging behind her. (Just sayin’)

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I’d like to have the visor block the light as I drive in the morning and evening. So I can drive without holding my hand at right angles to my face, looking through my fingers like Madonna vogueing in front of the sun. And tilting my head, chin up, just so.

It’s not always fun to be fun-sized.

It’s not just my height that seems small, though. Sometimes my daily life has felt lacking in stature.

There were times when I was in corporate retail management that I bristled at being described as ‘keeping the lights on operations’. When I heard that it seemed trivializing to what the operations team did.

As if I lacked strategy because I exceled at tactics.

It's simply that the nitty-gritty tactics are and always have been my strengths. And, like my height, I need to be at peace with that.

Strategy is good, it’s essential. A clear view of where we are going and the plans to get there must be in place or there will be no steady and purposeful growth or progress.

But plans without the steps to achieve them are just dreams. You need to know what comes first. And how that step impacts the others that are already in progress. And how the success or failure of an action may lead to new decisions further into the process. And where everything intersects.

The consequences. Taking the long view.

And that’s where being fun-sized can be a help.

When you are looking at the details, the place where the rubber meets the road, maybe it helps keep me focused. Less distracted. I know that I can pick up details and bring them to light.

It’s both one of my skills and the thing that can irritate others around me. Irritating or not: I’ll keep on doing it.

The devil may be in the details, but so am I.


Comments always wonderful to receive and are much appreciated. Let me know:

What are your strengths? Do they endear you to people or irritate them? Do you hide the Special Dark mini bars when you open a package? Have you ever seen Looking for Mr Goodbar (it doesn't have anything to do with the chocolate bar: spoiler alert). Was Annie Hall the peak Diane Keaton era?

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Comments (7)

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran5 months ago

    I'm too tall for a woman. Like if I wear heels, I'll be taller than most guys. Heck I'm already taller than most guys, even without heels! 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 I used to hate my height because everyone else was shorter and I used to be bullied because of that. But I'm okay with it now. Helps me see things and reach things fun-sized people can't. I would love to wear heels though if I could. I love the sound of heels when walking!

  • I do believe in you the Devil may have met its match, Judey, lol. I have long identified my greatest strength as being able to recognize a good idea when it's presented & saying yes to it.

  • Kenny Penn5 months ago

    Middle finger to corporate retail. I laughed out loud picturing you climbing the shelves at a grocery store, but definitely understand the frustration behind it. I’ve got a few friends with the same problem. Like you said, not always fun!

  • Shirley Belk5 months ago

    I have short girl problems, too. Your story made me think about how I am viewed by others. I have a tendency to consider worst case scenarios, so others that are subject to throwing caution to the wind are easily offended by me. I am the wrench thrower.

  • Cathy holmes5 months ago

    I understand the short people issue very well. Unlike you though, I've had to wander the aisles looking for staff to help. Strengths? I'm sure I have them, but think right now.

  • Rene Peters5 months ago

    My strengths are... I'll let you know when there are any. That obviously irritates people but I can't find them. I hide more than just the dark chocolate. Well, I did when I was allowed to have them. Never heard of Looking for Mr Goodbar. I don't know who those people are. 😅

  • Denise E Lindquist5 months ago

    Great story! Love where you went with size! I am shrinking. I am going to spring off your writing and see what I can do! Thank you!😊💕

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