I often get asked if I go by Jess or Jessie since my name, Jessica, seems so formal to many (although not to me). The truth is that my closest friends call me Jess sometimes, but my preference is really Jessica. I absolutely don't like Jessie and don't answer to it when someone mistakenly uses it. I've never really been one for nicknames, except for the one my mom gave me when I was little.
Little Merry Sunshine.
My mom says that when I was little, I always had a big smile on my face to go with my big blue eyes and flowing golden blonde hair. Even in my sleep. I was never sad or unhappy. I never complained. I was just always happy, laughing and smiling as I played along the beach on Sanibel Island and Ft. Myers, where we lived. So she called me her Little Merry Sunshine. She even painted my room yellow with wicker flowers, butterflies, and a sun on the wall.
Little Merry Sunshine stuck and I still love it . . . when my mom uses it.