New book puts ‘fun’ in fun-sized
‘You Know You Are Short When…’ explores life, laughs of being short
CANTON, Mich. – Norene Fritz knows firsthand what it’s like to be short: the difficulty to see over the crowd, the challenge of reaching high places and the struggles of daily life. In “You Know You Are Short When…” (published by WestBow Press), Fritz brings a light-hearted perspective to the short world that all short people or those looking for perspective on the fun-sized life can enjoy.
“Experiences of living as a short person, and experiences of other short people inspired this book,” Fritz explains. “I wanted to encourage short people to embrace who they are and be all they can be.”
Throughout history, a person’s stature has not stymied their potential to impact the world, but can still sometimes lead to ridicule. Fritz explores some of the most commonly heard short jokes and jibes in a fully-illustrated, playful book that embraces a sing-song quality to shed light on the world of the short.
Having embraced her short stature, Fritz hopes her book strikes a chord with people both short and tall, and helps them realize that words about someone’s height can be hurtful. Above all, she hopes readers will come to see that they can achieve great things despite their height. As the end of the book reminds readers, “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future” – J.R.R. Tolkien.
About the Author
Norene Fritz earned a master’s from Spring Arbor University as a counselor-psychotherapist and is expanding her skills to work alongside pastors, missionaries and church leadership. She ministered for seven years in Mexico, worked short-term with the Mercy Ships, and is involved with missions in Honduras and organic home churches. Having firsthand experience with the short life, she understands the shortcomings and that building self-esteem, healthy character, and accepting herself and how she was created made her who she is, not her height. She has four grown children and 11 grandchildren and lives in Canton, Mich.