Ever been called 'big' when people mean 'tall'? Yes? Hurts doesn't it!
Just because we have height does not mean we are tall round our bellies!! We are not vertically challenged, but we might be horizontally challenged!
I have lost count of the amount of times I have gone into a shop and picked up a 'tall' item, only to find that it fits like a tend. Since when does 5ft 10" mean that I am a size 16, 18 or more? I look after myself and am a healthy weight for my height. Of course I would like to be a bit thinner, a bit more toned, but then who doesn't?! However I fall into size 8, 10 or 12 depending on the store (now THAT is a topic in it's own right!!). A number of times these items will fall short on the torso, and if I want to cover it up, I have to go up a size or two!
Being called 'big boned' is one thing. We tallies are big boned if you think about it, but being called 'Big' is a whole different kettle of fish.
So to anyone reading this, the majority of us are tall but never 'Big'. Most of us already feel like giants, but please don't make us feel like big fat giants! It's amazing what affect a simple comment can have on our self-esteem and body image. Our shoes might look like small canoes on each foot (Tali's phrase), but at least our feet are not too bloated to fit into shoes!! We might need an extra bit of leg room on airplanes or aisle seats for our legs, but we never need to book two seats just to fit out bottoms in!! (And even if we are a little on the podgy side, then have some tact and don't mention it!!) Got it?!
Have people ever used different words to describe your height? Any tales to raise a smile?
P.s. Don't forget that 5foot10 is on blogspot and twitter. Feel free to post a link on your twitter/blog to draw fellow 'tallies' into the family xx
More posts to follow, I've just had a bit of a tough week.