...that my nickname is Sam? Why would you know, unless you are a RL friend - you know "real life" friend. But yeah, it is, and I prefer it over Susan. I've even attempted a couple times in my grown up life, where most everyone knows me as Susan, to get folks to use my nickname. I really am more of a Sam than a Susan. I love that my granddaughter is named after me, my nickname-sake :-)
Why Sam? Because my birthday is October 31, Halloween. It's amazing to me how many people notice that date is Halloween when they have to ask for my birthdate. Apparently, people love Halloween. :-). Anyway... growing up my mom always told me it was because being born on Halloween makes me a witch and the most well known good witch at the time was Samantha on Bewitched. I loved Bewitched! So I was happy to be named after my favorite witch.
Then I got older and the truth came out. My dad and brother, who was two years old at the time, had decided, while I was still baking, that I was a boy and that my name was Sam. Surprise, surprise - it was a girl! But Sam it was, and is still today, to my family back home.
Having a rock solid memory of my childhood I remember in detail when my kindergarten teacher asked me if I preferred my nickname or my given name for school. Wow, I didn't know I got to choose! So hey, let's switch this up a bit - I want to be Susan for a while. Well, a while turned into my entire future life. But at heart, I'm still very much Sam. So, call me Sam. It'll bring a smile to my face.