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After years as @SoDiscomforts, I recently changed my Twitter handle to …

@TheSusanKent.

That’s right. Like @TheMadonna or @TheAnthonyMichaelHall (not their actual Twitter handles), I have deemed myself THE Susan Kent. Now, I realize that this could be interpreted as me getting too big for my britches, but listen: the simple SusanKent wasn’t available and I’ve been fighting with my given first name, Mary, for decades.

Teacher, first day of school, every first day of school, forever: Mary Kent?

Me, Irritated: Here … I go by Susan.

Seriously. You would think it’s not that big of a deal, but I’m telling you. It wears on your nerves. In fact, by the time I was in college, I got so tired of it that  in my Arthur Miller Seminar Class, I finally decided to just go by Mary, which backfired on me because my professor was 90 years old and more than a little senile. So, when one of my classmates referred to me as Susan, it blew her mind so much that the rest of the semester we went through a “Mary? Susan? Which one is it? Oh, I forget which one … you know. You!” each time she addressed me in class.

Long story short, regardless of my email and banking name, M Susan Kent, there was no way I was going to incorporate Mary into my Twitter handle, Jesus’s mother’s name or not.

Thus: @TheSusanKent. Like @ThePrince. Or @TheDavidSedaris. (Again, probably not their actual Twitter handles.)

And you know what? I’m dedicated to living up to it.

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About Susan

Susan Kent is a small town Georgia girl living in Brooklyn, NY, and working on those deep rooted issues from her southern upbringing. She's a freelance writer and storyteller and co-host of Tell It: Brooklyn, a storytelling show for grownups. Susan frequently performs around NYC at shows like The Moth StorySLAM, Yum's the Word, and Mara Wilson's "What Are You Afraid Of?" Her stories have aired on a variety of podcasts and radio shows including, The Moth Radio Hour, Kevin Allison's Risk! podcast, Dingmantics, You Can't Make That Up and many others. If you want to get more intimate with Susan & her thoughts, feel free to follow her on Twitter @TheSusanKent. (Not to be confused with the Canadian actress of the same name, which happens more than you would believe.)

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