In four weeks time I have to decide whether or not to change my name.
It would be a lot less awkward if I’d reverted to my maiden name after my divorce, but I really could not be bothered. My maiden name is not spelled the way it is pronounced and my first name has its own difficulties, so one of the pleasures of early matrimony was no longer having to spell out both names letter by letter every single time.
It seems discourteous to marry one man and use another man’s name, but I’ve got used to it. It trips off my tongue and spells itself easily and if you google it, it’s mostly me that you find.
To my shame, this last may be the deciding factor.
Oh, the patriarchy… Decisions decisions. Perhaps I should just choose another one altogether and be done with it.
Maybe I’ll call myself Ms Rose. That way I’ll still smell sweet.