Let me back up a bit and admit that I worried about the event. Would people register to attend? What if the venue wasn’t comfortable? Would the weather hold out? What if we had nothing to talk about beyond clothes? Once the registration closed I even wondered whether a group of four was too small.
None of these things were a concern at all. In fact, the restaurant was lovely. We met at a place called Bastille Café and Bar in a neighbourhood known as Ballard.
What made the outing truly special was the instant solidarity among participants. Sure, we talked about clothes, but it was so much more than that. I shared that I’ve never had close female friends that I could look in the eye. Most of us struggled with self-esteem as we grew into our respective heights. We could all relate to unwanted comments and unfair assumptions on a daily basis. It was notable that more than one of us were quite bored with the constant questions about our height. We have so much more to offer the world.
Later that day, I saw that my husband had posted a photo of our family online. I happen to be taller than him and someone left a comment that I must smack him around. Needless to say, that person and I are no longer connected! I borrowed strength and connection from the brunch to decide that I don’t need negativity in my life. Like everyone else, I deserve to share a family photo without judgment or outdated social norms influencing what people say or how we feel about the way we look.
For this, I sincerely thank the women who made this fresh mindset possible. Although our time together was brief, I’m certain it will have a lifelong impact.
We would like to extend a long, tall THANK YOU to Tiffany for taking the time and making the effort to organize the first Team Tall get together in the USA… we genuinely hope that over the coming months and years, we see many more tall gatherings popping up around the globe. If you’re interested in hosting a Tall Guides event in your part of the world, please get in touch