Next time I’ll ignore the little man

I’m minding my business, wearing a pink Betty Boop tank top, Levis jean mini-skirt and Target flip-flops, waiting for my take-out lunch at Viva Fresh, anxious for my first Mexican food and Bud Light Lime in several weeks due to my travels to Italy, France and Monaco. A short white man, 60ish I suppose, approaches me and says, “You’re so tall and I’m so short. How tall are you, 6-foot-2?”

“No, 6-foot-1.”

I stare down on his pink scalp and make the mistake of asking him how tall he is as I try to pass the time while waiting for my food and the U.S. World Cup team to score against Ghana.

“5-foot-4,” he says, obviously pleased that I didn’t tell him to go f&^* himself.  “I used to be 5-foot-7 but you shrink as you get older.”

“So I guess I’ll end up 5-foot-10 at some point,” I say with a laugh.

Then he tells me that he dates a sister and that she’s out of town. I remind him of her, he says.

“Oh, is she 6-foot-1?” I ask.

“No, but she’s a sista,” he says.

As if I hadn’t heard him the first time. Now it was time to ignore him and turn away, as I should have done in the first place.

I’m sure the Black girlfriend does not exist. It was the little man’s way of letting me know he’s available and open to Black women should I decide to step down to his level.  Or am I just jumping to conclusions?



Filed under Dating, Dining, Italy, race, Sports

7 responses to “Next time I’ll ignore the little man

  1. marva

    I understand your pain!!!!! Coming in a 6’5″ frame ,unsolicited conversations take the wierdest twists and turns!!! Bless your heart!

  2. I think you’re spot on. You’ve got to admire his courage though 🙂

  3. Vanessa

    I feel your pain. There was a substitute teacher at my high school, an old white man, and one day he asked me and another black female to help him sort files. So, we did, and he regaled us of tales about sleeping with black women during the war. I’m not sure what he expected would happen…

  4. What a strange exchange! But I’m with GentlemanPlayer on this one: gotta give the little “brotha” points for trying and aiming “high” — literally! LOL


  5. I’m sorry. I think “You’re so tall and I’m so short” is the single worst opening line I have ever heard.

  6. This is one of those times that I feel sorry for short men. He does get points for being man enough to go after what he wants.

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