I was in the dollar store the other day and saw this kid walking around with a purse. My first thought was, WTF is this kid doing with a purse? I mean, this was just a child walking around with a purse! She looked like she was shopping, too- and then she pulled out a cell phone and started yapping on it! I leaned into my fiance and whispered, “Why the hell would someone give a kid a cell phone? Sheesh!”
And then she turned around. This “kid” was a grown woman- at least in her 30’s, and from behind I thought she was a child! Whoops! My face was beet red as my fiance just busted up in a good old brouhaha…and I realized, Holy shit! She’s tiny! And she was my size, give or take a few pounds, but how weird it was for me to come nearly face to face with a WOMAN, a grown human being, who was exactly my height and body build who I didn’t have to look up to stare at and give a meek stranger smile.
I never realize how short and small I am until I see another adult who is my size- no wonder people mistake me for a kid all the time! I just did the same thing myself- I followed the poor gal around the store, completely enthralled at how small she was- and finally I had to approach her, since she was giving me a grungy face since I was literally shadowing her around the store. I said to her, “Sorry I keep following you- it’s just so weird to see someone my size- I thought you were a little kid!” She laughed and patted me on the shoulder and told me that I must hear it all the time, too. She said, “Count your blessings, girl, you’ll be young your whole life with a tiny stature like ours” and told me how her whole life she got mistaken for one of her own kids, and still gets carded at the liquor store.
I can’t believe I made the same mistake that people make about me all the time- I just figured people were stupid to assume I must be a child. But seeing another person who weighs less than 90 pounds and is under 5 feet tall like I am and assume they must also be a kid, I can see why people make the misconception all the time. I still can’t get over how little that lady was, and how that’s what I’ll still look like in a few years. Woah- it was weird. She even looked a bit like me. it was cool to know that I’m not the only one who gets that weird look when I wander around with my huge old fiance, and to know that even I can mistake small stature for youth. Huh. Now I won’t be so grungy myself when people mistake me for a 12 year old again. I can see why they do it.