I was born in Ottawa, moved a few times, but always came back to the same house I was born into. I recently turned 29 and can’t wait to make it to my 30’s because I’m sure my 30’s are going to be awesome.I am a mother of 4 children aged 7 and under. During the day I stay home with my kids and also run a home daycare. During the school year, I still go into my job working in a hospital pharmacy as a technician, usually once a week. I volunteer with our local basketball association (yes, I can hear the stereotyping over the computer monitor already), I run the referee program, and I also run a spring league for youth players. In my spare time, I decided to attempt to achieve my BSc at university…it will be a long and difficult road for that one though.
Basically I spend my days and weekends running all over the city to various activities for my kids, and the evenings running around for my classes. P.s. I married an amazing man who puts up with all my craziness and is very involved in all our activities, otherwise I would be insane.
When did you begin to notice that you were taller than other people?
Honestly, I don’t think I realized how much taller than people I was until high school. I was always on the tall side, but not the tallest in the class until about grade 10. But even now I’m sometimes shocked at how short other people are compared to me.
How did you feel about your height growing up? Are your siblings and parents tall?
I’m probably a rare case, but I was never self conscious about my height. In fact, I loved it and wanted to be taller, probably because I’m the shortest member of the family besides my mom. When I’m at home, I feel tiny. I have 3 brothers, 6’5″, 6’7″ and 6’8″, my father is 6’6″ and mom is 6’0″.
Tell us about shopping for clothes. Is it hard to find pants that fit? Where do you shop?
Aha. You got me. Shopping for clothes is the bane of my existence. Try finding a pair of pants with a 36″ inseam that doesn’t cost at least $100. Buying cheap…or rather, affordable clothing is not an option.
Summer clothes aren’t as bad because they’re meant to look short, you just have to be careful not to go too short or you end up looking like a prostitute showing off her goods to the neighborhood. Long sleeved shirts are always about an inch and a half too short. The body tends to be just a little on the short side too, so if you stretch or move, your tummy pops out the bottom (lovely sight after having 4 kids I tell ya). Buying clothes is truly the one time I feel like a giant.
We are starting to have more options now, but again, they’re usually a little more on the expensive side. In Canada we can shop at Tall Girl, which is dedicated to carrying only tall clothing. The downside of shopping there? Forget trying to get anything stylish or fashionable. Honestly half the time I’m there, I feel like I’m looking at clothes for my grandmother.
There are more places online now that we can buy, but I hate buying clothes without trying them on first. A lot of “regular” stores are carrying long pants, but their version of long still isn’t quite long enough for me most of the time, they’re aiming for the tall 5’10” girls, not even close for me. It’s a hit and miss system, if they claim they have long, I still go and try…just in case.
Did your height affect your dating life at all?
I dated a guy who was shorter than me once. I gotta say it did bother me a bit, and I never did it again. Only 6’2″ or taller please…but preferably taller. Since my brothers are all giants, and most of their friends were also taller than me, I just knew that tall guys would always be an option.
I know girls who dated shorter guys because they just figure that they won’t ever meet a guy who is taller than them. The thing about being a tall girl, (at least for me anyway) is it’s nice to feel small sometimes, it’s nice to be able to put on a pair of 3″ heels and walk around like you really needed those extra inches.
I’m pretty sure that men are intimidated by my height. Most of the ones close to my height feel the need to stand right beside me and measure up, which I find entertaining.
What are some of the most common comments that you get about your height?
“My God you’re tall!” …Really? Gee thanks for telling me, I had never noticed…by the way could you tie my shoes while you’re down there?
“You must play basketball” …I really wish I could answer no to that because every tall person in the world is asked that, but yes I do and I love it.
“You would be great at (enter sport here)” ….NO, I would not. Just because I’m tall doesn’t mean I’m coordinated enough to play volleyball, or soccer, or whatever. Basketball is the only sport I’m good at.
“You have got the longest legs I’ve ever seen” … sorta goes with the whole being tall thing. Thank you Captain Obvious!
“How’s the weather up there?” …Seriously? Dude, what are you from the 40’s?
“Did you really have to wear heels?” …Yes. I did. I may be tall, but I’m also a girl and heels are fun.
“I would KILL to have some of your height” …Okay, I like that comment…a lot.
What are the benefits of being so tall? The drawbacks?
Benefits? There are SO many! When you’re in a crowded place you can look over the top of everyone else and find who you’re looking for. In my case there’s usually another bunch of heads above the crowd I’m looking for! Everyone notices when a tall girl walks into a room…which I guess could also be a drawback. It takes me half the time and half the energy to walk places than my short friends! I can reach things that most people need step ladders to get to. It’s very easy to describe myself to people that I’m meeting for the very first time, I let them find me. Everyone is always talking about what they can do to elongate their legs, I’m already there, no work needed. I just love being tall.
Drawbacks: Buying clothes is difficult. Everyone knows who I am, which is sometimes a benefit, but makes me feel like a jerk because I don’t always know who they are. Airplanes in coach class are NOT the most comfortable rides, especially if the person in front of you decides to be sleeping the entire trip. Although for me I’m lucky that I’m skinny and flexible so it’s not as bad to squeeze into smaller places. Why are toilets so close to the ground? I’m pretty sure people hang things from the ceiling just because they’d like to see us hit our heads on them. You have to put up with stupid people making obvious comments about the fact that you are so tall. Being tall makes you feel lanky, clumsy and awkward a lot of the time.
What advice would you give to someone who’s unhappily tall?
Why be unhappy about being tall? There are so many other things to be unhappy about. Tall isn’t something you can change about yourself so accept it and live life like you’re short! There’s always someone taller than you, unless you’re the tallest person in the world, then I’m sorry, there isn’t. Don’t ask yourself why you’re so tall, ask why is the rest of the world so short?
Are any of you particularly tall? How do you feel about your height? Any questions for Kim?