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I'm Changing My Name, Mom

Screen shot 2012-05-11 at 1.18.17 PMDriving to school this morning with my five-year-old, enjoying the stimulating conversation as always, JD began …

“Mom, can I ask you something. Are people allowed to change their names?”

“Yes,” I said.

“Are you gonna change your name?” he continued.

“Ah, no,” I said.

But, I will admit sometimes I wish that my name was Mia or Sienna. (I guess I have my top 2 names picked if I ever have a baby girl.)

“Why?” he asked.

“Mema and Poppy gave me my name,” I said. “Poppy wanted to name me Cristina. Mema liked Michelle. Christine was the tie-breaker. It’s a French name and suits me, I suppose.”

“I’m gonna change my name, mom,” he said.

“To what?” I said.

“Jackson,” he declared.

“OK, why?” I asked.

“It’s a helpful name,” he said. (He’s five, remember.)

“What do you mean?” I asked.

“Jackson is helpful,” he said.

“Do you know anyone named Jackson?” I asked. Is someone named Jackson helping my kid? Bahhahaaa

“No,” he said. “Do you?”

“Yes,” I said.

Then we pulled into the school parking lot and the conversation ended.

“Later, Jack-a-Roo,” I said, kissing him. “Can I still call you Jack-a-Roo when you change your name to Jackson?”

“MOM!” JD said, rolling his eyes. He’s a cool cat.

Fun fact: My friend from college, Anastasia, who always went by Sherri, recently, legally, changed her name to Lee. Bold. You can preview her awesome work here. 

Do you like your name? If you could change it—what would you choose? Share, this is fun! XO 

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