She’s Changing Her Name From Kitty to Karen…

She’s trading her MG for a white Chrysler LeBaron…

Part of the divorce process is the option to change my name free of charge.  Change my name back to my maiden name I asked the attorney?  Honey you can change it to One Red Truck if you want.  Wow, I never really realized.  I’ve just known people to change their name back to what it was before the marriage.  Like you can revert back to that person again.  Seems silly.  I mean, I’ve had my current last name now as long (nearly) as I had my maiden name.  And I like it.  Why would I change it back?  But it did get me thinking…I have always wanted a different first name.  That’s silly too you all might be saying, but it’s true.  I’ve never really felt like a heather.  I just haven’t.  And most people end up calling me something else entirely or not addressing me directly anyway.  What if?  I thought.  In my twenties, my name change would have been Kate West.  Loved that name.  Still do.  But now, I’ve got this book embosser with my first two initials and last name, my poetry is published under that as well, my signature is that, and well, I’m fond of my initials.  They are something I thought I’d have forever.  So now I find myself drawn to the name Helen.  It is old-fashioned in the best of ways, it is my grandmother’s name, it sounds great with my middle and last name, is easier to pronounce in French (which should be more of a consideration for names I think), and it begins with the same initial. I’m sold, what about you?

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