You may not know this, but tall people get a lot of feedback on their height. Most of it is silly, but sometimes it's a bit awkward. I thought I'd put out a list of Dos and Don'ts for those of you who need some help when talking to tall people.
Things you should not mention to a tall person:
- You should play basketball (volleyball, tennis, etc.). Just because I have height does not mean I have coordination. Some tall people (myself included) have limited control over their own limbs.
- You're huge!
- Your feet are huge!- Really? I hadn't noticed that my only size 12 (that's right) shoe choices are orthopedic shoes and these.
- Asking, "How's the weather up there?"---not very funny after the first few dozen times, it is just difficult to muster up a convincing fake laugh at this point.
- Asking, "Where's the flood?" is not particularly clever. A lot of us tall folks end up in high water pants because our legs are longer than all of the pants in town.
- People often, without thinking, say something like, "I could NEVER date/marry a person who is shorter than I am."---Ummm, I am a bit taller than my spouse. I would never get bent out of shape about a simple slip like that, but you'd be surprised how many times I have been told that. Thank goodness that wasn't my criteria or else I'd be a lonely giant.
- Also, don't call tall people giants unless you are very close them, then it's probably funny.
Things you can say to tall people
- You can always ask for help reaching items on the top shelf at the grocery store. We don't mind; makes us feel special.
- "Tall people are the coolest." So, in the interest of full disclosure no one has ever said this to me, but I am certainly open to it.
- You can comment on how awesome our long strides are.
- You can remind us that tall people have higher IQs!