A layout about my full name and why I've shortened it. Here is the journalling:
Yes my name is Sarah-Leigh and no I'm not a cheesecake! For as long as I can remember I have been teased about my name - it doesn't matter what age I am it still happens. Originally my mum was going to call me Sarah - Rachelle but when I was born mum said it didn't suit so she named me Sarah-Leigh. Because I was born in New Zealand mum hadn't heard of the famous Sara Lee dessert so was unaware of the impending problems of such a name. In the beginning people would shorten my name to just Sarah but mum said I would put them in their place and tell them to call me by my proper name - in time I would shorten my name myself to avoid questioning and comments. When I started school teachers would comment and when I reached High School Mur Roberts became a most unpopular teacher who thankfully I only had for sport and only for one year. He would yell across the field "Run Cheese cake - pick up the pace!" and other such defamitory remarks. I don't have a middle name so it was easy for me to just drop the "Leigh" from my name and only use it on official documents - so my friends from highschool only knew me as "Sarah" and nowadays only family use my full name which sounds odd now. It sounds even more weird when Jason usus my full name (which has only been a couple of times including our wedding). Not long ago I had to get x-rays done on my teeth, and because all official stuff has my full name on it - they use it. Well this day was no exception with the receptionist loudly announcing my x-rays were ready. This old lady stands up and looks at me and then launches into a broadcast of her favourite Sara Lee desserts and why on earth did my mother name me that! So if you were wondering about my name now you know - I'm just thankful it's actually spelled differently. Here is my senior snippet from my highschool magazine / year book: it says "The best darn cheesecake" and I've blanked out my surname deliberately. TFL!