Monday, January 15, 2007

random thoughts for the tall girl

  • Nothing looks handsomer to average people than a tall person standing up straight, as if he or she came from a race of gods.

  • Just because you can't be little in physique, like your cute neighbor down the street, don't be little in spirit. Get over any tendency towards the "I didn't ask to be born" attitude. Neither did any other living being, human or otherwise, ask to be born. Shakespeare didn't ask to be born. Jack the Ripper didn't ask to be born. Neither did the Siamese twins, nor the village idiot.

  • Dress, as nearly as you can, like other people. You will hear short friends tell you that you ought, for instance, to wear nubby tweeds, bulky fabrics, capes, or enormous hats. Don't listen to them, for they are in error. If capes and pictures hats are currently in style, well and good. If not, why be out of style just because you're tall? You will look freakish and doubly conspicuous.

  • Never worry about looking awkward and peculiar on the dance floor. You can look grotesque only if you are grotesque.

  • The trouble with women is men. And the trouble with tall women is-small men.

  • Whether your husband be tall or not, he is likely to be above average in intelligence. He married you, didn't he? The fact that you are not the typical "little woman" of conventional jokes did not bother him. He cannot be narrow and stupid, afraid to be conspicuous, always wondering what other people will think.

  • If you are looking for a job or contemplating a vocation you may as well face this fact from the beginning: one career that is forever closed to you is a life of crime. It's no use thinking you can escape the FBI or pick a pocket and slip off unnoticed in the crowd. Even dark glasses are no disguise.

and last but not least
  • No one but a masochist would be glad he had to suffer. No tall woman will tell you truthfully that she was glad to have had her particular handicap. But the mature ones will say truthfully that they no longer mind it as they used to. In many cases they will admit that it has been, if not a blessing in disguise, certainly not the worst thing that could have happened to them.
More insights from "The Tall Girl's Handbook" by Gwen Davenport, published by Doubleday and Company, Inc. in 1959.

4 Comments:

Blogger suttonhoo said...

"her particular handicap" -- please, god, stop. and what's this about siamese twins? the village idiot? jack the ripper? oh sweet mercy.

11:38 PM  
Anonymous litwit said...

No life of crime!? Finally something I can excel at by virtue of my non-tallness...

12:25 PM  
Blogger heather lorin said...

litwit don't forget that you can also be the cute neighbor down the street while, sadly, suttonhoo and I must plod about as our grotesque and freakish selves ;)

12:42 PM  
Blogger Brilynn said...

I almost had tears in my eyes reading this! I’m so happy to have stumbled upon your site. I went back and read your other posts on it too and it was gold! I think one of my favourites was “Just because you can't be little in physique, like your cute neighbor down the street, don't be little in spirit.” I have done a few posts on my site about Cute vs. Big. Big things, (and girls) never get to be cute…
(btw- I’m 6’2).

2:11 PM  

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