I have an attitude every day of my life (my mother will vouch for this) and this morning was no exception. It started out like any other day…
I walk to work anywhere from 6:30-8:00 am depending on when I get up, what my schedule looks like for the day, and to be entirely truthful, my level of motivation. Lately, I’m all about work. So this morning it was about 6:45 and I was walking near the capital. I decided that I wanted to stop at Walgreens to pick up some eyeliner. I’m leaving for Mexico in about a week and it wouldn’t behoove me to run dry on eyeliner on my trip. Now Walgreens doesn’t open until 7:00 so I loiter out front for a few minutes.
I was minding my own business, playing ‘Tiny Tower’ on my iPhone and I hear this voice very clearly say to me, ‘Why you gotta be so Tall?’
In all honestly, I wasn’t in the mood. It was early and I didn’t want to think about what clever comeback I could come up with. So I chose to ignore it.
Again that voice, ‘Hey you! Why you gotta be so Tall?’
I could feel someone crowding my space so I made eye contact with a very, very short woman who was glaring at me as if she had a personal problem with my height. Immediately, I took offense. I probably didn’t help the situation when I sniffed (probably arrogantly), looked her up and down, and turned away.
She got angrier, ‘I’m talking to you and I asked you a question?’
Softly I responded, “I heard you. I figured that you couldn’t be that stupid to ask someone twice your size, a dumb question like that.’ I sweetly smiled and went back to playing on my phone.
She started to say more so I looked up and made eye contact again. This time I wasn’t smiling. Oddly enough, she moved on.
I am a nice person. Way too nice, in fact because I tend to give people far more credit than they deserve but this woman got under my skin. I ended up not getting my eye-liner. I guess this means I’ll have to go back. I should also mention, this did not ruin my day. I actually told this story in a couple of my meetings and it got people to laugh, so all in all, I chalk it up to yet another Holli-experience.