You have to bear in mind that out there in the "real world," 99% of people are clueless about curly hair, and they'd be mystified by the things we talk about and take for granted here. Very few people, really (although there are more all the time) have ever heard of "curly girl" or "no-poo," they don't understand about not brushing or sulfates or 'cones, and most are still ironing, blow-drying, slapping on the smoothing serums, and so on. It's probably best not to say anything negative about your hair to someone like that, since the response probably will be to straighen it or frizz-ease it or whatever.
I'm sure your short hair looks adorable! You'll get used to it soon, and short hair always seems to grow so much faster, anyway, that in a month or so you'll have a lot more to work with.