I was not born with a middle name. That fact has caused me much trauma in life. Only those to which parents decided not to bestow a middle name can understand. They know what it’s like to be the only kid in the class with only two names. They know what it’s like to watch classmates doodles include the coveted middle name. They know what it’s like when their friends start deciding they want to be called by their middle names, and know they’ll never have the option.
My parents’ rationale was that when I married I would be able to keep my maiden name a part of me by moving it up to the middle.
When I was young, I thought that was dumb. After all, who wants ‘McVanDerwerken’ for a middle name!? When I married though, I appreciated it. I was glad I didn’t have to completley forsake my maiden name. After all, it had been with me through thick and thin for the past 21 years!
Well. Guess what mom and dad? Your plan was foiled.
Yesterday I tried to officially change my name. (Yes, we have been married for almost two years. But that’s another story…..)
I wrote my new name on the line for the lady in charge. She was all like,
“sorry, you can’t move your maiden name to your middle name”…
“Sorry, it’s not a legal middle name.”
“Well, not YET, that’s your job!”
“You can only have a middle name if you were born with it. Yeah, I know people used to do it all the time, but with identity fraud and such it’s now illegal. Unfortunately we can’t make a legal last name a middle name. We can hyphenate if you want.”
(oh yeah…I really want to write out Cami McVanDerwerken-McBarney wherever I go…NOT!)
And so, as I watched, my chance of ever having a middle name slipped from my fingers, along with my precious maiden name. She wouldn’t even put a V. in the middle. Rude.
In other news, we are now Nevada residents. Nate, myself, and our car.
If how we treat our car is any indication of the way we will treat our children, I sort of feel bad for them – Three license plates from three states in one year. We are sorry you have to move so much, little car!