Writer's Block: A rose by any other name
Do you like your birth name? If you had the opportunity to change it, would you? What new name would you choose?

I did change my birth name, almost completely. I changed the first name and the last name, but kept the middle name. I absolutely hated it because of how it was used to torment me by other people, including my family.  I was 15 when I changed it and legalised it when I was 16. The only people who know I was ever called anything else are my parents, my husband and my children (because I told them). I became a completely different person. Don't let anyone tell you that names are not important; they have power, whether for good or bad. I went out of my way to give my children names that would be seen as attractive and defensible. So far so good.


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