I’D RATHER BE SHORT

I’d Rather be Short is going to be on shelves November 2013! Published by Penguin/Plume Books. Pre-order it today! You can find it at AmazonBarnes & Noble, IndieBound or Books-A-Million. Before you know it, you’ll have 100 reasons why it’s great to be small delivered to your doorstep. Follow me on Twitter for more updates.

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#28: I wasn’t sure what to draw for this one. Dryer? Too dangerous. Hamper? Didn’t think of it until just now. Then I remembered when I strategically hid under the bed pillows at Allie’s house in elementary school. I’m sure it took them ages to find me.

It should be noted that since I’ve gotten older, I have learned that the joke is really on the best hider. That is the person who has to sit motionless for as long as it takes their lazy friends to find them. Depending on how good of a hide and how lazy the friend, it could be lethal.

#27: This is where I count my blessings. Only Heaven knows how many times I’ve dodged a stanky mouth.

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#26: I’ve been here so many times. At a later date I will do a post specifically related to hand-me-downs, but for now I will share this anecdote: when I was 12, my cousin Katie gave me a pair of plaid l.e.i. shorts after she outgrew them. After wearing them for years, I handed the shorts off to my younger sister (by eight years). Eventually Laurel outgrew the fine garment — because that’s what people do — they outgrow their 7th grade wardrobes. I found those plaid shorts in her closet and took them back to college. I was 22.

#25: I recently realized that most people don’t know what it’s like to be the resident measuring stick. It works because the smaller you are, the more objects you can measure (nobody ever got mad at a teaspoon). This is from the college days. Did we have a tape measure in the ‘ment somewhere? Maybe. Did we have it the day we needed a curtain rod? I don’t believe so.

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This is the start of a little something that has been on my mind for a while. If you have meandered around the site at all, you will have noticed that I’ve drawn some attention to my small stature. You will have also noticed that I cannot go a paragraph without highlighting a good pun; if you didn’t spot one two sentences ago, that’s okay, but do know that you missed out. Anyway, I am in the works of illustrating and archiving the world’s most celebrated reasons to be small. I’ll add them as soon as the pen hits the paper, so it is going to be an ongoing project. Your suggestions and comments [HINT] are more than just welcome — they are essential for the success of this hall of fame list. Then what? We will tell athletes and models that we feel sorry for them because they can’t stand up straight in a tree house. Or sleep horizontally on a queen sized bed. Or curl up like a cat in an airplane. You get the idea.

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35 Comments

  1. laurel murphy
    Posted 12/26/2011 at 1:23 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Holla to the shorty’s out there. We are not alone! You’re the best, sis.

  2. Posted 02/23/2012 at 3:51 PM | Permalink | Reply

    these are hilarious!! love that I am less likely to get hit by lightning :)

    • Posted 02/23/2012 at 10:49 PM | Permalink | Reply

      There is so much more to come! I am taking a break from it for a little while, but I hope to whip out dozens more.

  3. Posted 02/23/2012 at 9:00 PM | Permalink | Reply

    This is awesome! Love it. As God would have it, this will never be me. So, I’ll go put on my 4 inch heels and enjoy the world from 6 feet high! We better sit down when we take pictures together!!

  4. Posted 02/29/2012 at 12:03 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I love them, Becky! Eric likes the ruby in the top pics :)
    So, my dear, when are you coming to visit?

  5. 9
    Posted 04/01/2012 at 9:39 AM | Permalink | Reply

    You are wonderful!

  6. Anonymous
    Posted 04/27/2012 at 9:25 AM | Permalink | Reply

    I love being short too! (4’10”)

  7. Posted 05/11/2012 at 9:42 AM | Permalink | Reply

    This is awesome! love this.

  8. Posted 05/11/2012 at 6:26 PM | Permalink | Reply

    These keep getting better and better. Way to be beckster.

  9. Anonymous
    Posted 05/26/2012 at 7:48 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Well since I have always been short I am Happy to be short as that is the way GOd made me.

  10. Kandace
    Posted 05/31/2012 at 10:33 AM | Permalink | Reply

    I love the fact that I can have the window seat on a plane and still stand up straight under the overhead compartments and stretch after a long flight while everyone else is uncomfortable and hunched over.

    • Posted 05/31/2012 at 4:32 PM | Permalink | Reply

      Did you read my mind??? Those are all on the list. I considered doing a whole section JUST on travel. Short people have more chances to get comfortable.

  11. Anonymous
    Posted 06/01/2012 at 7:06 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Good work Becky , Love them and you Grandma

  12. Crystal
    Posted 06/26/2012 at 1:31 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Id rather be short because I can still pass as a kid at places like the movies,restaurants and amusement parks

  13. Posted 07/05/2012 at 12:29 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Heard you on the Joy the Baker Pod cast and love love love your blog. From one short girl to another you rock! You rock it! Thank you!!!

  14. Posted 07/11/2012 at 9:33 AM | Permalink | Reply

    I found your post after listening to the latest Joy the Baker podcast. Thanks for putting a smile on my face! I have an idea for a drawing….shopping for clothes and shoes in Asian markets…as a 5’7″ woman myself, I have experienced the nervous laughs of stall owners in Thailand, Cambodia, and The Philippines as I try in vain to find jeans and shoes. Two women acually wanted to take my picture because they thought I played for a pro basketball team and one man refused to let me near his shoes because I would stretch them out. Hope this helps…keep doing what you are doing

    • Posted 07/16/2012 at 12:56 AM | Permalink | Reply

      this is the bomb.biz! love it. thank you so much for reading. i really need to make a shopping trip over to asia. i’ve heard they are tailored just for me :)

  15. Clete & Marci Schmit
    Posted 07/21/2012 at 8:18 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Becky , Congratulations!!! we’re so proud of You ! I’ll never forget the night of our 50th wedding Anniversary when you was entertaining your cousins in your sketches and your tote bags you painted.Now each girl cousin has one. You did it in a very short time. What a gifted young lady you are. It’s great seeing your blog. Take care and God Bless you always.
    Love ya Grandma & Grandpa Schmit

  16. Posted 07/26/2012 at 3:11 PM | Permalink | Reply

    I’m obsessed with these! as a 4’11.5″-er, it brings joy to my heart that someone else feels the same way! can’t wait for the book.

  17. Posted 08/17/2012 at 3:46 AM | Permalink | Reply

    I hope I have the opportunity to buy your book here in Canada.

    I would rather be short…cause I am going to be an adorable old lady:)

  18. Posted 09/03/2012 at 2:20 PM | Permalink | Reply

    love this x

  19. Tonia
    Posted 02/20/2013 at 1:28 PM | Permalink | Reply

    this is amazing

  20. Anonymous
    Posted 05/22/2013 at 7:02 PM | Permalink | Reply

    What would Randy Newman say?

  21. Kohaku
    Posted 07/08/2013 at 1:13 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Being short means your fun size!!! :D ……my uncle used to say i could be a guys pocket girlfriend hehe. I think being short makes it look like your awesome at yoga!. Iv been an arm rest for tall friends many times. Its alot easier for me to get into my car via the trunk when iv been locked out. You don’t hit your head in boats like so many other people. Some say i could use some miracle grow but im proud be the tallest leprechaun in the world ;) …….oh and if i want a free flight to anywhere in the world i could just hop into a friends luggage and go! lol ……Thanks for your short awesomeness article! short people unite! hahaha

    • Posted 07/08/2013 at 10:49 PM | Permalink | Reply

      YOU. ARE. AWESOME. Best comment ever? Probs. So much goodness in here. Thank you :)

  22. Kohaku
    Posted 07/08/2013 at 1:17 PM | Permalink | Reply

    Oh and i forgot to say that i also found your site from an episode of Joy the Baker podcast! Love those two ladies!! :D Totes Maj!!

  23. Posted 08/06/2013 at 6:45 AM | Permalink | Reply

    Cute blog, illustrations, and topic Becky!

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