While growing up (and still now every once in a while!) my family and a few friends called me "shanny" or even "shanny wan". Today during class, my students were working on a project. Throughout the period, I kept hearing people say, "Shanny!" I would actually look up in response, thinking someone might be calling for me. Then I would remember that these kids don't even know my first name! Then I discovered that they were talking to my student named Chanise...apparently her friends call her shanny! Anyway, it just made me feel young again thinking of siblings, parents, and even my friend Sharla who still call me Shanny!