When I met my husband, his height was one of the things that attracted me to him. 6 foot 3 inches tall, dark and handsome seemed like a great acquisition to my 5 foot 3 inch counterpart. Almost three years and dozens of extra high platform shoes later, I’ve learned that there are some very distinct elements to consider where a mismatched height differential exists. Here are the important ones:
The back of your shoes, flip-flops and sneakers will get stepped on a lot. It won’t be intentional and you won’t see it coming. You’ll get annoyed the first three times it happens. Then you’ll intuitively want revenge and “accidentally” do it back. It’s no use, because he finds it funny, this inability to space himself properly behind you, no matter how careful you tell him to be. His legs are too long and his natural stride allows him to catch up to almost anything. Wild hyenas would not be able to out-pace him.
Walks down a busy urban block can lead to an argument, particular if your taller partner is passive upon being approached by pedestrians. If he was raised properly, he is very self-aware that his body is larger than most human beings and he will need to move to the side from time-to-time to allow others to get around him. This may greatly annoy you, as one second you’ll be walking down the street holding hands together and the next, he will dart out of the way of four approaching pedestrians walking in one straight line. This will leave you to plough through them or jump into the gutter on the side to avoid them. A last second decision will need to be made. You will want your husband to stand his ground. To make these pedestrians aware that they don’t own the street. You’ll try to grip his hand and plough through them Red Rover style. Your husband will call you angry, rude and this will make you angry and rude. Your best bet is to avoid crowded streets and anticipate his sudden desire to clear a path for oncoming walkers.