And the Short Shall Inherit the Earth

Heightism has always been a hallmark of American society, and despite the Kevin Harts of the world laughing all the way to the bank, it seems no less entrenched. Nowhere is this more on display than when gathering people together for photos.

“Wait, I’m going to look short.”

“You want me in with them? I’ll just look short.”

“You sure? I’m short.”

And while males are more self-conscious, short women are frequent complainers as well. The ensuing lament causes the tall folk to stoop in sympathy, making matters even worse.

Would everyone simply straighten your legs and stand up, please? It’s time for a reminder.

Gentlemen, Napoleon Bonaparte measured a mere 5 feet 7 inches and managed to become emperor of France for a decade, during which he won most of his wars, the majority of his battles, and remains to this day one of history’s greatest military commanders. It is doubtful Josephine minded his stature — the crown and the empire more than made up for it.

As for the ladies, rest assured there are plenty of men who would rather carry you like a football than see eye-to-eye with the rest of us.

If that fails to persuade you, there’s this. The benefit of being tall depends entirely on one’s environment. For millions of years, extremely tall creatures, the dinosaurs, ruled the planet, and the much-shorter mammals existed in comparatively small numbers. Some paleontologists believe that the reason mammals thrived after the meteor hit the earth — the big one that caused the dinosaurs’ extinction — is because they were small enough to be able to hide from the aftermath of the cataclysm. So there you are.

Just be patient.

Pink Pizzazz

There were some pretty women and dresses at this one. The Eta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha hosted its second sellout fundraiser at Le Pavillon at Parc Lafayette. The Sunday zydeco and jazz brunch featured the Bunk Johnson Brazz Band and Dr. Boogie Live, and what better way to raise money for scholarships and other community service projects. “We give $6,000 a year to area students,” said President Karen King. “Our ASCEND program mentors students in grades 9-12, to whom we give college tours, career expos, workshops — our goal is for them to become cultural citizens as well as global citizens.” In the fashionable mix was fundraising chair Yolanda H. Dauterive, former French teacher Mary Alice Drake, AKA member Quintella Baskerville, University of Louisiana at Lafayette Alumni President Angela Morrison, and Jardin Register.

Xanadu Tea

The Krewe of Xanadu held its royalty tea at the Louisiana Cajun Mansion Bed & Breakfast in Youngsville. On hand in quite the crown was Queen Xanadu Amy Hebert, His Majesty Gerald Gerami, and assorted court muses with their advisers, including Susan Doucet, Bettie Sonnier, Cat Terrebonne, Paulette Blanchet and Sue Brooks. The pasta salad was especially pretty served in martini glasses alongside Xanadu’s signature cocktail of white grape juice, cranberry, and champagne, and a good time was had by all. The Advocate would like to thank the host for his assistance with a pesky car alarm; our entrance is normally much more subtle.

Nights in White Satin

Or rather, white linen. LeMieux Gallery in New Orleans held an opening for Lafayette artist Amy Guidry as part of NOLA’s annual White Linen Night. The two-woman show featured Guidry’s “In Our Veins” series and photographs “Near and Far” by New Orleans artist Lee Deigaard. Guidry’s combination of photorealism and surrealism explores the interconnection of living things, survival, exploitation, and the cycle of life. Deigaard’s work portrays animal protagonists and the landscape we mutually inhabit. The show will run until Sept. 24.