On Being The Shortest Student

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  1. Frank Sanoica

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    Growing up, throughout grade school, I was always the shortest kid in the class. In today's world, would I have been considered "vertically challenged", and therefore eligible for special help, maybe therapy, or perhaps compensation for enduring the ribbing of classmates?

    Frank
     
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    I was always the tallest until about 6th grade when I quit growing at 5'4". How I hated being tall then, now I wish I was 3 inches taller! Nobody felt sorry for me when I had to start kindergarten and didn't know a word of English.
    I had to learn or else. No choice and no special treatment or any help.
     
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    @Chrissy Page : What language did you learn as a youngster, before English? Our profile pages around here "give away" very little! :(

    Frank
     
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    I was the third tallest kid in my class in third or fourth grade, I remember in one class picture, but by the time I started high school, I had stopped growing at 5'5" and was close to being the shortest kid in class during high school. I'm pretty sure it was that cup of coffee that I drank at camp one time. It ruined my basketball career.
     
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    Did you try other sports to see if you had a career there? :)
     
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    When I lived in Jacksonville, FL Maurice Jones Drew was very short and very fast on the Jaquars team...he certainly got me interested in the football game! :)
     
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    I was in Little League for two years and never caught a ball, and had only three hits: two singles and what I thought should have been a triple because I made it to third base, but which as recorded as a double, getting to third base on an error. I'm not sure why, but the scouts never contacted me. Their loss.
     
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    But did you give all the sports offered a shot? Some people seem to think they have to fit a certain image, etc. to be a certain thing or be good at something when it's more a mind conquering thing...if that makes any sense.
     
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    I found I actually liked a good challenge whether it was verbally expressed or just society's standard. After all, I am a mother of 3 beautiful daughters from my womb...when my Doctors told me it wasn't going to happen! :D
     
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    Can we reveal dirty jokes here? I didn't read the contractuals, rather depending on Membership divine guidance.
     
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    To offset my short height, I drove myself to the limit in a few sports, baseball and weightlifting. No one my age could hit a ball, nor throw it, as far as I could, no matter their size. The guys gave me due respect for that. The girls,....well,.....not so much. They wanted "jocks".
     
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    I guess it depends on whether it is going to have to go straight to the trash can or not...but since it's after the rated GP audience go for it if you feel the need. I'll take it out to the trash if it offends me. :)
     
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    Probably they wanted what their parents and society labeled "jocks"...to bad they might have missed out on life's best by society's labeling!
     
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    No, no dirty jokes, at least not of the sort that are likely to be offensive.
     
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    I'll take a chance then, since the reference to "womb" was not "not P.C.".

    Guy I worked with remarked about our co-worker having shown up with a short, stubbly goatee. "You grew a "womb-broom"!
     
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    The only dirty joke I know is: Two white horses fell in the mud. Thanks.
     
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    When I think about this...being the shortest is probably a lot like being being the one who comes from poverty, etc. Short is probably just a definition of not meeting the standard or the definition of the "elite?
    Strange how the "elite" seem to permeate (I so wish there was spell check here) so much of life.
     
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    And now, a criticism of the joke, itself. Offensive? Besmirching of youth?
     
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    Criticism only in the fact that those two white horses are going to need to be cleansed before ridden again. :)
     
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    Hungarian.
     
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    I was short, skinny and wore glasses all of which were targets for being teased in school but I took it like a champion and those that did never became a friend of mine.
     
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    @Chrissy Page : None of my business, I realize, so if I offend with personal questions, tell me. I've always been interested in European-born folks coming here, and having to learn English. My Mother arrived at age 5 from Czechoslovakia, then Bohemia, I guess, on the Queen Mary, two months before the Titanic sank. She of course spoke herb native language fluently when necessary, but had an amazingly broad vocabulaery just as you do. My wife's Mother, all of them born here, claimed my Mother spoke with an "accent", the first ever to notice it, if it existed at all. I've been told I talk as though I'm from Wisconsin! (??)

    Frank
     
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    Usually if you are a young child when you learn a new language, you won't have much of an accent. Maybe a very slight one. I do speak fluent hungarian but when I lived there for 6 years with my husband because of his work, I was told I had an accent in Hungarian. :)

    Throughout all my years in school, nobody ever said I had an accent. Later after moving from PIttsburgh to Chicago, some would say I had an East Coast accent. I don't hear it, so I don't know.

    @John Falcon has spoken to me in person and I think he's said that I don't have an accent.
     
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