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  • Being born a "Sara," you get use to 2 things very quickly:

    1. Never being the only "Sara" in the room.
    2. The question, "Your name is Sara? Is that with an 'h' or without?"

    This question is asked as if there's a 3000 year old Sara vs. Sarah battle and they need to know which side you're on. Now, I love my name, I actually, truly love my name... 1 in every 196 females in the U.S. are named "Sarah." It's pretty, biblical (wife of Abraham and mother of Isaac) and romantic but I'm probably the only Sarah who answers this question with, "both!"

    I was born a Sarah but in 1982, when I was learning to write in cursive, I realized that I hated writing two "h"s next to each other for "Sarah Hoopes," so I dropped the "h." I still remember looking at my 3rd grade paper thinking, "What the... this is whack." there was no way I was going to cursive out two "h"s in a row for the rest of my life (Did I mention I was a little weird?).

    I didn't tell anyone, my teachers never asked and I don't think my parents cared, so today as far as the DMV, IRS, Social Security Office and the U.S. Passport Office knows, I fight with the Sarah's of the world and to all the Social Mediums, emails, texts, checks I sign and letters I write... I'm in the Sara street gang.

    In a world filled with approximately 800,000,000 Sarah's, I sometimes wonder if I'm the only Sara(h) out there. So next time you meet a Sara, and you start to wonder if she's with an "h" or without, I hope you ask her, and I hope she says, "both!" because I'd like to think I'm not alone out here, fighting the solo Sara(h) battle.
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