Later, I graduated to "S.A.M." It stood for Slow As Molasses. During my junior high years, I was always the last one ready out the door when my family would be going places. It started to be a running joke that I was a S.A.M. My sister told me it also stood for Silly As Monkeys. I told my family it was actually Sweet As Molasses.
When I went to Uganda in 2006, I was given the name "Nakiru" by some Karimojong. Akiru means rain. Nakiru is the feminine form of akiru (and Lokiru the masculine form). I was given that name while we were in a village visiting someone, I forget who. (Unfortunately, I didn't journal as much as I should have.) I was asked, "When were you born?" I answered in the winter; it was translated by Margie. So I was given the name "Nakiru." Everytime after that, I would introduce myself as "Sarah Nakiru."