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