The Summer I Went By ‘Hot Stuff’

What I gained and what I lost

Me at age five, when I renamed myself “Jane.” Photo courtesy of the author

The summer after kindergarten, I went by “Hot Stuff.”

I was still “Hyo-Sung” when I woke up on the first morning of day camp to pull my favorite yellow T-shirt over my head. My mother had made sure it was washed the night before even though our portable washing machine had to…