She drives me crazy

I’ve had it up to my A cups with women telling me they wish they were skinny like me.

“You’re so lucky,” they say. Really? If I were nasty, I’d say, “Shut your pie holes and gain an ounce of self respect, ladies. It ain’t all it’s stacked up to be.”

But I don’t want to be nasty. I love my friends no matter what their size or shape. In fact, I’m kind of blind to it.

When I was about to get married and my female relatives were asking about my new mother in law, one of the things I said was, “She’s about our size.” They all looked at me like I had lost my mind.

My mom, who never shies away from an opportunity to tell me I’m being an idiot, said, “You’re an idiot. What do you mean, our size?” Mom’s an 8. I’m a 00 with alterations. My sister is a 14. My grandmother is… larger than the sum of those numbers.

But we’re all about the same height. Okay, I’m actually 3 or 4 inches shorter than any of them, but I routinely wear Lady Gaga-approved high heels to make eye contact easier. What I meant was we all see eye to eye, literally if not figuratively.

I’m often asked how I stay so thin. Well girls, I recommend the following: get yourself a designer label disease that involves chronic diarrhea. Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and IBS are hot runway trends this season.

And don’t be afraid to mix high and low. Much like pairing a basic t-shirt with a Chanel jacket, feel free to go for a mix of run-of-the-mill prune juice overdose with the more upscale Celiac disease.

You should also invest in an anal retentive personality girdle, which cinches tight around your midsection the instant you are faced with the slightest stress.

Starve your sadness. And try to be sad and stressed as frequently as possible. A philandering partner, one with a wandering eye, or at the very least one who says things like, “When you turn 40, I’m gonna trade you in for two 20 year olds” can help keep your eye on the prize.

Everyone is known for something unique. Anne sings like an angel, Kim runs the Boston marathon, Rose is a doctor, Jen hosts the best parties, Mary’s a scrapbooking queen, and I… am tiny.

You know what tiny gets you?

Overlooked. Disrespected. Abused.

You don’t want that, girls! You want to be seen and heard. Respected for your mind. Admired for your abilities. Honored for your gifts. Cherished for your personality.

 

Here’s the skinny on why
you should forget about being thin:

 

You’d be taken advantage of. I’ve been assaulted, even kidnapped (!) because I was an easy target. Men think you want to be ogled and touched inappropriately. Or at least they think they can get away with it.

Other women won’t like you. If I complain about the above mistreatment, the reply from a lot of women is basically of the “you made your bed, now lie in it” variety, as if I somehow asked for it, that it’s my fault. Then they add the “you’re trying to make the rest of us look bad” spin.

People lean on you. Attention basketballers and other Nephilim: My head and shoulders are not portable armrests. And no, you may not pick me up to prove how big and strong you are, unless you’d like a Barbie stiletto lodged permanently in your kneecap. My twelve year old could do it, but doesn’t. Neither should you. The only thing you’d be proving is that you hit puberty but not maturity.

People think it’s okay to make fun of you. My grandfather used to make jokes. Mame’s so skinny, she has to wear an inner tube on the toilet (or skis in the shower). Mame’s striped pajamas only have one stripe. When Mamie wants to disappear, all she has to do is turn sideways. What a stitch, Gramps! I’ll just be turning sideways now.

People think there’s something psychologically wrong with you. My grandmother insisted I was bulimic for a while. She saw a story about it on the Phil Donohue show. She would follow me to the bathroom after meals to try to catch me in the act. That was a fun summer.

You’ll be victimized by nature. Even the weather attacks me. I’ve literally been blown across the yard by a stiff wind.

No insulation. Don’t get me started on being cold. I am always cold. When you’re a skinny bitch, you’re by default a frigid bitch. You’ll need gloves and scarves in the middle of a heat wave. You will curse whoever invented air conditioning, because just about the time you start to thaw out, someone cranks it up full blast.

No cushion. Once my infant son was being really fussy. I had fed, burped, changed, cooed, sung… pretty much tried everything, and he just wasn’t happy. A well-endowed friend finally said, “Hand him over.” I watched transfixed as my diddle snuggled in like he’d just been upgraded to first class, contentedly burying his little face in her lofty 44DDs. “You don’t have any pillows,” she explained.

Wrinkles. You will shrivel up like a raisin long before your plump friends notice their first tiny lines. And I don’t just mean crow’s feet or feathery little cracks around your mouth. Think of the oldest, wrinkliest man you know– that face is what my abdomen looks like. And that tendon where your leg meets your body– the one you nick if you try to shave your bikini line? Well, put away your razor because that little spot is as wrinkly as a Shar Pei puppy, only not cute. Decidedly very, very uncute. And while you’re at it, put away the bikini. No one wants to see that.

Vanity sizing will be the bane of your existence. Just when you think, oh yay, they’re making a smaller size so I’ll be able to find something that fits, Nope. The size is smaller, but the clothes aren’t. I haven’t changed in 25 years, but the numbers on my labels have. What I should change is my name– to Triple Zirro. (The double zeroes are getting bigger, so it’s only a matter of time. This way I’ll be ahead of the curve.)

You won’t have pretty lingerie. Victoria’s Secret does not carry a size 26 bra, and I doubt they ever will. They don’t even carry a 30 to my knowledge. Calvin Klein did three years ago. I bought every one Nordstrom’s had on the rack. No matching undies.

You’ll spend what you saved at the mall on higher insurance premiums. I bet you didn’t know being underweight was a liability.

Speaking of health, I get bedsores on my elbows from wearing sweaters, on my shoulder blades from sleeping, on my hips from coin pockets in jeans. There is nothing to protect me from my own bonyness.

You’ll be uncomfortable. If I lie down in a fetal position, it isn’t long before the top leg begins to ache. There’s a big space where my thighs should probably meet, but they don’t, so that leg is hanging in mid air unsupported.

You can’t turn to food for comfort. Well, you can, but hopefully you’re easily consoled because you’ll only be eating about half as much as you currently do. No more 900 calorie mocha frappuchinos with whipped cream and chocolate sauce, unless you have half a dozen skinny friends to share it with or you know for sure you won’t have access to food for the rest of the day, because frankly it hurts to eat that much.

. . .

I wish every woman reading this would go stand in front of a mirror right now and find something beautiful to admire about herself. You have gorgeous eyes, flawless skin, glowing hair and a smile that lights up the room.

Now go to your closet and put on something that shows off your best features. Maybe it’s a scarf or a killer pair of Christian Louboutin heels. Maybe it’s some sassy lingerie that one-stripe-pajama girls like me will never have the good fortune to find.

Love your body. It is your temple. Honor it, take care of it. Don’t belittle or berate yourself. Capitalize on your best assets, accentuate the positives, and celebrate the fact that you have a healthy, functioning, fascinating temple worthy of housing the goddess you are.

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6 thoughts on “She drives me crazy”

  1. I absolutely love this! As someone who is always wishing she could be just that little bit thinner, I read this as a massive lesson. You are so right when you say that we should all find something to love about ourselves and so we should. I think that everyone should read this, what an amazing write.

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  2. Mame, stand next to me in front of the mirror, I’ll tell you what I love about my temple and you tell me what you love about yours! I grew up hearing comments about my looks and turning them into nicknames, my mom called me GORDITA, you know what that means, I was 6 or 7 quite a swimmer plus genes so my butt was plump and round, I never heard the end of that… Now you can guess what part of my body causes me the most embarassment, the part I most try to hide…of course my whole fat self but specifically my huge round butt… I did not need that even if it was said with love… knowing this, I decided there would be no nicknames in my family, my children are Pablo and Sofía, sweetheart, if they’ve been nice to me… on the other hand, my family would comment on my eyes, the size, shape, my eyelashes, try and guess what i accentuate about myself… shit, it’s all engrained and very hard to shake off, and if you believe it, then it will be real… I’ve been a size 2, 6, 8, 10… right now I am between 8 and 10 and just do the best i can and focus on feeling healthy and vital, energetic and with a sincere smile on my face… my looks are last on my list, in fact I haven’t covered my grays, I’m being a rebel!! sending all the love my dear friend, Alexandra

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    1. Oh, the nicknames can hurt. My husband has a Tia Pocha, and it pains me to hear them call her that. She has so many wonderful qualities! Yet unfortunately it is the physical appearance that receives the attention.
      We all have beauty and worth inside! Wouldn’t it be nice if our loved ones nicknamed us by those aspects? Punk sometimes calls me Wordina, and I like that. How about you, Artista? Creatra? =)

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  3. Mame, I had a blast reading this: it’s witty and funny. Had to leave my cup of tea on the desk so I wouldn’t spill it over the keyboard. I can also totally hear my sister say some of these things. She’d love it (if she could read all of it, English not being our native language). Thanks for a great morning read 🙂

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