When the time comes for an adult
little person to meet other little people for the first time, they can
often experience a range of feelings from fear to relief in the form of
anxiety. It was this moment that inspired Francine Boutin to write this
text. As a little person herself, Francine knows this paradoxal moment
is this odd feeling we feel when we see another little person? This
uncomfortable feeling that makes us cross the street to avoid looking
them in the eye? But despite our fear, we are strongly drawn to them.
We want to walk behind them and watch them in secret. Like mirrors,
other little people are a crude reflection of our own image: we see
ourselves through them.
before we meet other little people, a little voice tells us to avoid
such uncomfortable encounters at all costs. But what's hidden behind
such discomfort? The difficulty in accepting ourselves? The unconscious
refusal to associate with other people like us? The fear of What will
we talk about? Or just plain embarrassment? Whatever the reasons, one
thing is for sure: approaching other little people produces a mixture
Is this why some little people are always hesitant to join an
association like ours? I do not know if everyone shares my opinion, but
if little people do not have the chance to meet other little people
from birth, they will have more difficulty overcoming this
psychological barrier later.
out and meeting other little people can feel threatening, but the
accompanying reward is well worth it. First of all, it often helps us
to see our own prejudices in the face of difference and overcome them.
It is also an opportunity to speak with people who have had experiences
similar to our own such as, accepting sometimes offensive attitudes of
people around us, or being confronted every day with living in a world
built for people of average height. We can also share ideas and ways to
improve our quality of life. We especially learn to love ourselves for
who we are and to appreciate the beauty in each person.
For me, the reward is invaluable. I find working with and accepting
others encouraging and very comforting. I hope all little people can
overcome their fear of meeting other little people and experience the
benefits of the mirror effect. I sincerely believe this is an important
step to take because it gives us the opportunity to see ourselves for
even more than who we are.