Every day I am exposed and compelled to endure consistent embarrassment. These harrowing happenings occur in everyday places and are passed off as mere accidents by those in the position of power. I was asked the other day if I wanted the colouring in pages at a restaurant, I was ID’d for a MA 15+ movie, I was asked ‘how old my older sister was’ who is in fact 3 years younger than me. When my prescription was being filled at the pharmacy the chemist reminded my mother I had to be over 12 to take the medication. How difficult it is to explain to people that I am in fact in my first year of university, not my first year of high school I am 18 years old, a good half a decade older then people normally believe me to be.
I suffer what an American poet self diagnosed as, ‘Ariana Grande Syndrome”. Her name suggesting exactly what she is not. Exactly what all of us suffering from this vexing disorder are not. Grande.
I am an adult never taken seriously. I pay rent and taxes but can’t reach the cereal when my housemates put it on the top shelf of our pantry. I'm hungry, and also never going to grow if I can't reach the cheerios. They say good things come in small packages but I wouldn’t know because every time the post man comes to my apartment door he asks if I can, “Go get Mummy?” My family and I go to restaurants and the waiter hands us two children’s menus, one for my eleven year old sister and one for me. And today a lady on the train used my head as an arm rest.
But being 159cm isn’t always so bad. No one ever stops me in shopping centres trying to sell my things, no one expects a 12 year old to donate to a charity event. I can buy child tickets everywhere, for everything, on public transport, to theme parks, at the movies, sometimes if I put my hair in pigtails and wear something particularly childish then I can even get into 2B kids. I can sleep on any couch comfortably. I can fly economy and have more than enough leg room. And Ariana Grande Syndrome has produced some great people, Martin Luther King was 5”5, Prince was 5”2, Kendrick Lamar is 5”4, Daenerys Targaryen (Emilia Clarke) is 5”2 and if the mother of dragons doesn’t need to be tall, neither do I.
So be careful of who you look down on, short people have a lot of insight, twice the knowledge, half the height.