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Tuesday, March 08, 2005

I'm Every Woman

My Mexican friends refer to me as their “white” friend. This is probably because I don’t speak Spanish fluently (despite the fact that a majority of my family does not speak any English at all,) I listen to John Denver, and I eat at Taco Bell.

My Caucasian friends refer to me as their Mexican friend. This is probably because I speak better Spanish than they do, I listen to mariachi music, and I eat at Taco Bell. Oh yeah, and also because my parents are from Mexico.

My nerd friends refer to me as their cool friend. This is probably because I go out to the bars every other night, watch MTV, don’t know anything about computers, and listen to hip hop.

My cool friends refer to me as their nerd friend. This is probably because I am a science nerd, made straight A’s during school, watch foreign/independent movies, and listen to classical music.

My tall friends refer to me as their short friend. This is probably because I’m only 5 feet tall.

My short friends…oh wait…everyone is taller than I am. Unless they are like 8 years old or something. But even some of them are taller than I.

I like to think that all of these characteristics make me well rounded. I can get along with almost anyone, find something in common with almost anyone, and become friends with almost anyone. But lately, I’ve been feeling lost…feeling like I just don’t quite fit in anywhere…feeling alone. This feeling scares me.

But alas, I must remind myself that it’s the differences, the variations, the diversity that makes life an adventure. I must embrace my own uniqueness and tell myself that not only am I lucky to have such an eclectic group of friends, but they are lucky to have me.


posted by The Merry Widow at 11:31 PM |


Commented by Anonymous cathi:

It's all a matter of perspective, isn't it? And if you were to fit in so perfectly somewhere, would the edges smoothe out, like in a puzzle, and make you invisible? Which is better?

I discovered your site through SJ and have kept coming back for more. Thank you for sharing!

And while I'm here - I'm 5' too. Can you find jeans that don't need to be hemmed?

March 09, 2005 9:50 AM 
Commented by Anonymous The Merry Widow:

People are always making fun of my rolled up and/or dragging jeans! Even the "short" jeans are too long for me.

March 09, 2005 11:30 AM 
Commented by Anonymous perl:

hi! found your site from SJ's. I'm also a short, honorary Mexican girl and if I still lived in Houston (and was not married) I'd totally go to Metropolis with you and pick up hot Latinos.

(I received honorary Mexican status while in Mexico and continuted to hold my title upon my return to Tx. In Houston, I earned the title of honorary Black girl. Then I moved to Oregon, where everyone is White and it sucks. I'm expecting both titles to be revoked shortly, even though my CD player is full of Mana and -gulp- Jay Z)

March 09, 2005 3:40 PM 
Commented by Anonymous guy #3:

I'm white. But I like to think that underneath all this pastiness, we're all the same disgusting green color.

March 09, 2005 4:22 PM 
Commented by Anonymous Drama Queen:

Do you mind if I stand next to you? I, too am 5 feet tall. Everyone towers over me. I made one of my kids a shirt that read, "Short chicks rock!"

The good news is that two of my sisters are shorter than me. One is 4'6" (although she has a genetic disorder that caused that) and one is 4'9" (no genetic disorder, she's just short--like I'm a whopping giant). So when I'm around either of them, I feel tall--well as close to tall as one can get when she still has to cut far too many inches off every single pair of jeans she has ever bought since the 8th grade. It's sad when I buy a pair from the girls' department and they're still too freaking long.

So come sit on the short chick bench. You're more than welcome.

March 10, 2005 5:23 PM 

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