“So, are you a dwarf then?”

8 Jul

Just a quick post, to see if I can get any opinions/thoughts on something that happened to me a couple of days ago – which I’m not sure if I’m comfortable with or not, would you be? Let me know…

So, I had just been up and down the aisles of Tesco, collecting my shopping, then I waited patiently in the queue for the checkout… said hello to the cashier, he said hello back, ‘How are you?’, ‘Fine thanks, you?’, ‘Fine’, you know, the norm. Then, as I was about half way through packing, he asks, out of the blue, “So, are you a dwarf then?”. Stunned by his direct question, I responded, “Well, yes, technically apparently so”, silence. Then, a few moments later – “So, have you been stretched out then? You’re a bit tall.”.  Urm, what?!?

Whilst I’m pleased he had the courage to ask whether or not my obviously short stature is down to dwarfism, rather than just stare, I’m not sure my height/disability/surgical history is actually much of his business? Is it? Or am I being overly sensitive/defensive? I can’t decide – so, thoughts please!

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One Response to ““So, are you a dwarf then?””

  1. Emma McKay July 8, 2015 at 5:46 pm #

    I like he was direct, I suppose this means then he wouldn’t stare at you wondering BUT to move on and ask about your taller than average stature was rude and too far for sure.

    Saying that, most people are not aware there are lots of types of Dwarfism.

    My son has Pseudo and like you is pretty cute. The general public stereotype people and your gorgeous face and being taller than their idea of ‘dwarf size’ is off kilter!

    Pseudo has advantages in this, the downside is more pain 😔

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