It’s not easy being short

Posted January 8, 2014 at 10:08 am

BABBLING BROOKS column–Express Editor Kim Brooks

Kermit the Frog is famous for singing, “It’s not easy being green.” Well, along those same lines, it’s also not easy being short!

A few weeks ago, the Dec. 27 Cedar Rapids Gazette featured an interview with a young first-time author, originally from Central City, who now lives in Texas. Without even reading the article (which I eventually did), it was the title of the book that caught my attention: “I’d Rather Be Short: 100 Reasons Why It’s Great to Be Small.”

The author is Becky Murphy, a 26-year-old woman of many trades: author, graphic artist, designer and, best of all, five feet tall.

Murphy’s book is full of idiosyncrasies on what it’s like to be short, or at least 5 feet tall and under. Obviously at 4’11″ myself, her humor and stab at poking fun at life was right up my alley!

Murphy commented in the Gazette article that short jokes used to bother her, but as she got older, you learn to laugh right along with the rest. As an adult, it’s not like people’s jokes do any harm.

After reading the article and perusing her blog, I had to send Becky a personalized e-mail. I told her how I read the article in the Gazette and just had to reach out to her! I told her I could totally relate to her book and her stature, literally. She said one of the reasons for her idea to write such a book was because she’s never been able to find such a book on the subject before.

I tried finding her book at bookstores in Dubuque and Cedar Rapids, but found it easier to buy it online. Still awaiting its arrival…

In Becky’s e-mail response back to me, she commented, “I really didn’t like being small, and with age, I grew into it!”

Excerpts of her book talk about how difficult it can be to find the right kind of clothes for short people, especially as adults when you need to dress appropriately and professionally for certain professions and events. Try finding a pair of dress slacks that don’t require a belt and several inches of alterations, or a pair of lady’s dress shoes that don’t look like they were made for a young child full of glitter and gems. I was in a friend’s wedding over the holidays and the amount of alterations on my bridesmaid dress were enough to make another full dress! (I’m exaggerating some, but you get the point.)

Becky explained in her e-mail that she met a gal in Texas where she lives now, who also happens to be vertically challenged, and the two opened up a clothing store, Gambita, where they sell perfectly fitted attire for short women. “I had no idea there were so many awesome short ladies out there until I did this!” she said of her venture, one of many.

For sure her book was meant to be light-hearted and good-natured. It brought a smile to my face and the reasons why being short is so useful in life are quite resourceful.

If you want to know more about this Iowa-native, I encourage you to check out her blog at

(I’m only kicking myself I didn’t think of writing such a book myself.)