Wednesday, June 26, 2013

It's a Small(er) World

While eating baby back ribs recently, I noticed how napkins are shrinking. It’s bad enough that manufacturers inject air into them to make them appear plump. Now they’re decreasing their size.  One used to cover my whole lap; these days it barely fits on the top third of a thigh.
Candy bars have also been shrinking with the times.  Years ago, it took me five bites to eat my Gooey-Wooey bar. Today I have to get out Grandma’s magnifying glass to gaze at its loveliness before I pop it into my mouth and down it in two nibbles.

And have you been as shocked as I have how ice cream containers dwindled overnight from half a gallon to 1.5 quarts? We used to serve ice cream with our birthday cakes. Nowadays we simply wave the carton over each plate as a sweet remembrance of bigger times.
Coffee can shrinkage is another travesty.  Remember when you bought coffee by the pound? These days it comes in 12 or 13 oz. packages, for the same price.  Soon they’ll be selling it by the cup, and charging $3.50 a slurp. Oh, they’re already doing that.
TV shows take up only 45 minutes instead of 52; modern cars are the size of my grandson’s scooter; even band-aids barely cover a boo-boo anymore.
But what shrinkage do you suppose has created the greatest stress to my life in the last five years? Yep, you guessed it. My clothes continue to get smaller and smaller…

Wife of one, mother of two, servant of four (cats)
A spunky pastor’s wife of thirty-plus years, Jeanette Levellie authors a bi-weekly humor/inspirational column, God is Bigger, a popular feature in the Paris Beacon News since 2001. She has published stories in Guideposts anthologies, Love is a Verb with Gary Chapman, articles in Christian and secular magazines, greeting card verses, and poems for calendars. She is a lively, popular speaker for both Christian and secular groups, and a trained vocalist.
Jeanette’s bestselling humor/inspirational book, Two Scoops of Grace with Chuckles on Top, published by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas,  released in April, 2012.  Visit Jeanette on her blog, On Wings of Mirth and Worth, at, and on Facebook!/profile.php?id=1796624570


Caroline said...

As always, great post and good for a laugh, but, sadly, oh, so true. Thanks, Jen!

Barb Snyder said...

Jeanette, blame the smaller clothes on the manufacturer. They just don't make 'em like they used to!

Loved the post and your humor.

quietspirit said...

Jeanette: This is funny and, I'm sorry to say, truthful. Hubby told me I had to go up a size when I was purchasing new clothes this spring. And some of them are too big. :)

Deborah M said...

Enjoyed the post. Found myself smiling all the way through.

Deborah Malone
"Death in Dahlonega"
"Murder in Marietta"

J.B. DiNizo said...

What a wonderful set of comments! Brings a smile to your face.

................................ Kevin Parsons said...

Jeanette; Apparently you haven't been to Cold Stone Creamery. It's best to bring along a wheelbarrow for your 'single scoop.''Course, I costs a wheelbarrow of money!

Donna B said...

Great post...even the comments are shrinking....

Anonymous said...

I enjoyed this - thanks!
Gail Kittleson

Courtney Pierce said...

Oh so true! The result of all this shrinkage is that the wrong things are getting bigger!

-Our dress size is growing
-Ads take up more room than news
-The volume is jacked up on the TV advertisements
-Our electricity and water bills are getting bigger for using less?
-The number of cable channels is exploding and there's still nothing good to watch!

Downsizing and upsizing makes for an interesting discussion. Thanks so much the thought-provoking post!