I have a big head. And I don’t mean that figuratively. I have trouble finding hats that fit. Headbands always make my head hurt–if they fit at all (those hard plastic ones never do). Sunglasses have to be flexible to fit on my big, fat head, or when I put them on, they tend to break. I don’t know why I have a big head, but my son does, too. It’s apparently our shared curse. He has even more trouble with hats and sunglasses as I do.
On the flip side of that, I’m apparently double-jointed in some places, particularly where my thighs connect to my hips. When I was young, I could sit down, put my feet sole to sole, and drop my knees to the floor with virtually no discomfort. While everyone else in gym class was pushing their knees down, mine just flopped to the floor (like the picture to the right, except that my feet were sole to sole). That’s when my mom informed me that double-jointedness ran in the family.
My son apparently inherited that, too, as you can tell from the pic to the right. If he hadn’t been autistic, he could have been the next Houdini. He’s much bigger now than in the picture, yet he still finds it perfectly relaxing to lay in his bed, all 5’11″ of him, with one foot resting flat on the bed by his chin. That’s his “comfy” position.
So our big heads are balanced out by our double-jointedness, I suppose. The first is not a terrible imposition; the last is not a great advantage, but I guess you could call them distinctive. Sort of.
Be brave and name one distinctive “bad” physical attribute that you have. Big knees? Short fingers? What distinctive “good” physical attribute do you have? Tiny feet? A naturally slender waist (if so, I hate you)? Have you turned any of them to your advantage, and if so, how?