Why Am I So Short?!

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I’ve always been the small one in my family.  The little one.  The short one.  I wasn’t even six pounds when I was born and, today, the top of my head barely grazes over five feet.  I’ve always wondered why I’m so petite.  Out of all my one hundred plus relatives only three of them (aside from the children) are my height or shorter, so I’m not sure how genes could’ve played a big role in this.  If I want to even attempt to be at eye level with the average citizen, I’ve got to throw on a pair of four-inch heels first.  In play fights, I’ll always try to hold my own and I always try to put up a good fight, but somehow I mostly end up getting manhandled and treated like a rag doll.  When it’s time to buy some new pants, getting them hemmed is a necessity, not a question.  Do you know how challenging dressing a short body can be?  I swear to you, I once bought a pair of capri sweatpants that, on me, touched the floor.

At times, I’ve hated being short.  I used to think it was shameful to be so vertically challenged and I would get shy as soon as someone pointed it out.  However, over the years, I’ve learned to embrace my height and now I simply love it.  I don’t have to worry about a guy being too short, heels are never off-limits, and, somehow, it only enhances my fireball personality.  Yes, I’m a shorty and I’m proud of it!  And you all should be proud to be who you are, too.  Whether you’re tall, short, thick, skinny, or whatever, you should love yourself, no matter what.

Throughout my twenty years of life, I have learned to embrace myself and, thanks to my big sis, I finally understand why I’m so little.  The other day we were play fighting and she was the first to back away.  After a few good laughs, she tells me that if I were any bigger, I’d be too much for people to handle.  I guess that’s true.  I’m already a firecracker as a shorty, so can you imagine the crazy bomb I’d be at an average height?  I guess the mystery has at last been solved and I now know why I’m so short.  My size actually does have a purpose just like everything else.

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About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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