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A moment

The first letter of my maiden name is hidden in the light bulb shown above.  

When I was a little girl, I would tell my father that my maiden name would be my last name forever.  I would never change it even if I were to marry.  

My father told me that he was sure I would when I loved a man enough to marry him.  

I quickly came up with a solution.  

I told my father that I would only fall in love with and marry a man with the same last name as him!  

In the end, my father was right.  I changed my last name twice for two different men.

Happy belated birthday, Dad!  I love you.

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  • anne October 11, 2008, 10:42 pm

    Yes I agree, didn’t want to change my maiden name either..but have done so twice as well..!!! Why do we do it…is it for love or tradition?

  • Pumpkin October 12, 2008, 8:15 am

    I think it was more a social reason for me. I figured that if there were children born into the marriage that it would be easier and we would be one family with one name. I am sure that mothers that have kept their maiden names would argue against this thought. I can see their point of view as well. However, that is the biggest reason I did it.

  • Torun October 12, 2008, 12:59 pm

    I had my cake and ate it too!

    When I married mr Kirby it had recently become possible to take the married name as a middle name. It works like a charm, because in Norway I’m listed on my maiden name, but in the States they pay more attention to the first of your two surnames. So everybody’s happy.

    I’m really happy to have kept my maiden name, because outside our house there are only 7 people left with that name, and none of them little boys, so the future of it now rests in mr Bear’s hands – or some very understanding young man who might marry one of the girls…

  • Pumpkin October 12, 2008, 1:37 pm

    Torun,
    You know that would have been a good solution for me as well. However, I am not worried about my maiden name sliding into history. It is a commmon name.

    I think it is wonderful that you were able to keep your maiden name alive in your own family.

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