It’s Hard to Feel Like a Grown-up When…

…you can’t reach anything.


Reaching plain

My friend Ilona gave me an unusual present at my bridal shower….an ornately painted wooden stool.

She smiled knowingly  at my puzzled look and said, “Just wait. You’ll know what it’s for.”

Our first apartment was in an ancient high-ceilinged brick monstrosity whose carpet retained the smell of everything deep-fat fried for the past six decades. The vintage fridge had rounded edges and more chrome than our car. The porcelain kitchen sink was big enough to bathe in, although I never did. The closet-sized kitchen had white wood cupboards with vintage glass door knobs. I was delighted they reached all the way to the ceiling, until I unpacked my new kitchen items. I could reach the lower shelf on tip-toe, but couldn’t reach the second or third shelves. Then, the knowing look was mine as I remembered Ilona’s shower gift. I used it to reach the second shelf, but anything above that level, I  climbed onto the counter like I’ve been doing since toddlerhood.

Grocery shopping as a newlywed was fun. I had my OWN budget and could buy my OWN groceries to plan my OWN meals for my OWN husband. Only problem was, are ya’ guessing already? I couldn’t reach the top shelves of the grocery store. Wait, I couldn’t reach the top shelves in ANY store.


I’ve developed a short-person shopping strategy.



image_thumb.pngThe most humiliating option, I ask a tall person for help. OK, it’s cute when you’re asking as a kid, but as an adult that can function alone in all other areas of her life, this can cause a little anxiety. And after reading a blog post I’ve learned this is really insulting behavior, so this became my least favorite option.


image_thumb.png A dangerous option, I ‘ve been known to climb on the bottom shelf and swat the item down from the top shelf. I only choose this option if the item isn’t glass and isn’t going to cause damage if I swat wrong and it lands on my head.


image_thumb.pngThe most dangerous option is standing on my cart and swatting the item down with my hand. You can get higher than standing on the bottom shelf, but tend to roll backwards when you thrust upward to grab your item. Be careful about what footwear you’re styling when you choose this option.


image_thumb.pngA clever Jane-Goodall-chimpanzee-move is to find a tool to use. I’ve used a spatula and a child’s magic fairy wand, ya’ know the one you can get at the Dollar Store or pay $8 for at the grocery store ‘cuz you hope it really is magic enough to turn the whining child into a well-behaved child? As with options 2-3, don’t use with a glass or brain-damaging item.


image_thumb.pngThe ladders in Home Depot say “for employees only” but I’ve been known to use them there’s cranky help or no help. I also help myself to those long hooks to remove clothing from the display if employees aren’t nearby.


image_thumb.pngTake hubby shopping. Hubby is 5″10, but to me he’s a giant. I stand on a step to kiss him comfortably, but maybe you don’t want to know that. Maybe that step stool would work better than navigating to steps or standing on my toes until my calves cramp.



HEY! The stool!Reaching pm 2


You mean after 28 years of marriage I finally figured out what the stool was really for?


Oh, my.

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10 Responses to It’s Hard to Feel Like a Grown-up When…

  1. Kendra July 29, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    The shopping thing really stink when sitting, but you know good and well you are tall enough to reach it if you could stand on your tippy toes. Thank God for random kind strangers!

    • Mindy Peltier July 29, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      Oh my goodness, Kendra, I’m so glad you mentioned that! I can’t imagine having to shop from a wheel chair. Just don’t try climbing the shelves, like I do, k? 🙂

  2. momstheword July 31, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Lol! How tall are you? I don’t really remember how tall you are in relation to me, but I obviously am taller. I am 5’6″ but I have trouble reaching those high shelves too!

    • Mindy Peltier August 4, 2014 at 9:13 am #

      I am four inches shorter than you, but I remember you much taller. In fact, when we met your adorable comment was, “You ARE short, aren’t you?” 🙂 I had warned you to look for a short blonde in the restaurant. Praying for you, friend!

  3. ilona July 31, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    How fun to hear about the stool and its place in your home/life/heart. Tim’s grandfather made the original for our wedding. We’ve had to replace it – I’d hate to be without it.

    • Mindy Peltier August 4, 2014 at 9:12 am #

      Ilona, thanks for stopping by today! You have been a blessing to my life in many other ways. And, thanks again for the wonderful stool! It has a permanent place in my pantry right now so I can always reach the top shelves. Blessings to you, dear sister!

  4. Judith Kowles August 9, 2014 at 11:52 am #

    This was a fun post, Mindy!! I am only 5’3″ but my arms make up for it. My mom always had me reach what she couldn’t get. She is only 5’1″

  5. Mindy August 11, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    Judith, I think that is hilarious YOU had to reach things for your mom! She must have often thanked the Lord for having a tall daughter. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. I miss visiting your blog. We both got crazy busy, just when we thought life couldn’t get any busier…

  6. Lydia Caudill September 1, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    I am the one that people ask to reach things for them. I have never felt insulted by it.

    I guess it been way to many years since I have seen you, because until read this post, I never realized you were “short”

    • Mindy Peltier September 1, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

      Too cute, Lydia, that you didn’t know I was short. I guess because I saw you before your growth spurt! Thanks for being a helpful, and adorable, tall person. 🙂

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