Free Fiction Monday: Name-calling
LizBet wants to accept Van’s marriage proposal, but she can’t say yes until she figures out what to do about her last name. Should she take his? Should she keep hers? Such a simple thing. How come it feels so hard?
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Great story! It’s especially timely for us, as this year we’ve been married exactly half our lives. I’ve now been married name longer than I was maiden name. It gives one to think, about all sorts of questions of identity and presentation.
I started out in my marriage with keeping my birth name. But, as time went on, the fact that it was difficult to pronounce and hard to spell started to grate on me. I shed it, and became a Fox (well, it is a cool name).
My daughter delayed changing hers as she was in the service, and had ambitions to reach the level of Major – to be a Major Fox.
After she became pregnant with her second, she also changed her name – simply easier.
I don’t have feelings about it for other people. Let all do as they wish.
Thank you for that journey.
When I got married, laws in Germany did not allow partners to keep their names. Not wanting a double name, I chose the one of my husband. It wasn’t a bad name, as names go.
But as soon as I got divorced, I went back to my “maiden” name. My “real” name, in a way. It felt good. I slipped back into me, my true self.
By now, the laws have changed. If I ever marry again, I will keep my name. I love that Beta came to the same conclusion.
Wonderful story .Love how you the different viewpoints and Beta’s responses to them.