Just Because I’m Shorter Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Equal, By Eric Wong, 5th Grade

“Hey, I’m taller than you!”  Third graders always say that to me.  It’s annoying always meeting kids younger and taller than me.  Fifth graders say then say, “Look, he’s taller than you, Eric.”  Compared to a regular sized kid, I’m short.  It’s always been like that.  Everyone has differences; you just have to like it and enjoy it.  If you want to make a difference, you have to use your difference in the right way.

Why am I so short?  This question I ask myself every day.  After awhile, people learn to accept their differences just like I have.  There are other short people at my school.  I don’t know how they’ve been treated, but I don’t get treated badly that often.  Even when I am, I try to look back at it in a good way.  For example, I make a joke or ignore it and I’ve already started to go down the right path.  I realized I could use my difference in a good way too.  That’s how I realized that being different isn’t bad; you just have to use it to your advantage.

I use it to my advantage in many ways: to hide if I want, in sports and to be funny.  Since I am small I can hide if I’m upset or having fun.  I can fit in places other people my age can’t.  This is only one of the many advantages short people have.  In basketball, it’s hard to steal the ball from me if you’re tall.  You would have to bend down and by then I would already be past you.  Being small can also be used in your everyday humor.  One time I said to my friend (the biggest kid in school), “I’m taller than you are!”  He just laughed.

In conclusion, if you have a difference, you just have to find its advantages.  If your difference is bein short, and you are funny, use humor.  If you’re athletic, use it in sports.  Then if someone says, “I am taller than you are,” you can reply, “I don’t care that you’re taller.”  After you say the words of courage, it’s over.

And so, if you are short like I am, think positive about it and do whatever you have to do.

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One Response to “Just Because I’m Shorter Doesn’t Mean I’m Not Equal, By Eric Wong, 5th Grade”

  1. Emerald PearsonOctober 27, 2015 at 10:57 pm #

    Im with you

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