I have had many nicknames throughout my life. Some have been predictable like Katie and Kate, for example. Others have been quite quirky. My mother used to call me Skidmore Falana (now simply Kidmore). My dad used to call me Bomber Del Roy (now simply Roy). You may ask why my parents called me these silly and nonsensical names? Who knows? They are just fun little petnames. My grandpa called me Katrina or Katrinka. I love all these nicknames because they make me feel loved and special.
In recent years, I have mostly gone by my given name: Katherine. I feel that it is more professional, and considering there are a million Katies, more attention-grabbing. Katie is used by old friends, family and my ex-boyfriend who decided to call me Katie because it took too much effort to call me Katherine.
It was only a couple years ago that I was given the name Kat by my friend Amanda. I was hesitant about that nickname at first because I am not "a cat person." However, the name stuck. It really took hold when I was in Las Vegas. While I was there with Amanda, we let a little loose. We were approached by two guys and when they asked for my name, I said Kat. I thought that since I was in "Sin City" I should take on a slightly different personality. What I didn't know at that time was that one of those two men would become my current boyfriend. When I arrived in Korea, Aaron continued to call me Kat. Then it spread to my other Army friends. And now to some of my Canadian and British friends. I have gotten used to the name and enjoy it now. I think that I will adopt it as my new nickname. So please call me Kat!
There is an added bonus. My longest friend is Kit. So that makes us Kit-Kat (a famous candy bar in North America).
As far as the name of this blog goes...Paul helped me with it. We were riding on the subway and throwing out ideas for the name. I said how I like the nickname Kat, but not the association with the animal, so he suggested the name "Kat in Name Only." And I jumped for it. Thanks, Paul!
Be like the bird, pausing in his flight
On limb too slight,
Feels it give way, yet sings,
Knowing he has wings.