Growing Up Small

March 08, 2013
I'll admit that I've never been a big fan of Shakespear because I find it to be a bunch of gibberish, beautifully poetic gibberish, but gibberish none-the-less. The quotations taken from his works that are used in a different context are what I love, though, and that is why I said his work is beautifully poetic gibberish -- I know someone is going to kill me for this. 

I found this quotation from Shakespeare's play A Midsummer Night's Dream a few days ago, and I was immediately touched by it. I have lived my entire life being the smallest person in the class or in a group of friends. It bothered me a lot when I was younger because I was made fun of for it, but I have since learned that there are many benefits to being of smaller stature -- just as there are many benefits to being someone that is taller.

It wasn't until my university years while I was interviewing an incredibly tall athlete that I realised the serious benefits of my size. For starters, I was able to sit in a proper seat on the bus -- not one of those long bench seats that give your legs more room. Sure, I may not be able to reach the top shelf of a cupboard without standing on a chair, but I don't have as far to bend down to pick something up, and I can find the best places for hide-and-seek :)

This person that was so amazing at what he did, which made his height important, made me feel good about being short, like it was just as important. Maybe all it took was a little bit of growing up in a different way.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I was the smallest child in the class for a L-O-N-G time....I actually liked it because it was a 'quality' of sorts, a defining characteristic! Now I'm kind of average height, which is just, well, average!

    1. There was something special about being small as a child, you just don't think about it when you dream of being tall.

      You are more than average, Cari-Jane :)


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