Kelly has been quite adamant this past month that her name should be changed from Kelly Wallen to Kelly Eleanor. And to be honest, I kind of agree. A) I love the name Eleanor. B) Kelly Eleanor flows beautifully like Sara Felice, and C) The only reason it didn’t come to mind when she was born is because I worked with someone named Kelly Ellinore (first and last), and therefore, I didn’t think of Kelly Eleanor (first and middle). Or maybe it was because after a 75 lb weight gain and 2 years of not sleeping through the night, I had lost my bloody mind. Yep…let’s go with that.
Kelly is named for my grandparents who played a large role in raising me. As they are named Ira Estel and Donna Lou, you can see why I chose to use their last name instead. As well, it gives Kelly the same initials as her Granddaddy, whom she endlessly adores. But Kelly hasn’t warmed to being named for great-grandparents, even after I promised to change my middle name to Wallen.
Would I drop my middle name? Absolutely! I was named for the Beatles song, Michelle, which beats the hell out of the name my parents had chosen for me. If you say I look like a Matthew Bryce, I’ll smack you. So who cares if I become Eleanor Rigsby instead of Michelle my Belle? IT’S THE SAME BAND.
A few weeks ago as I looked over the Kindergarten work hanging proudly in the hallway at school, my eyes quickly caught sight of Kelly’s signature line. There, in huge letters, spelled correctly and printed beautifully (grading on a 5 year old bell curve, so let’s use this phrase loosely, shall we?) were the words, “KELLY ELEANOR”. I think if you can spell it, you can have it.
What does Greg think of our latest jazzy plan to change both of our middle names to match? He thinks he might be drowning in a house full of drama and estrogen, so who the hell cares what we do with our names? Maybe women change their names like they change their shoes? He doesn’t know, he’s not sure he should have an opinion, and if we need him, he’ll be working in the garage. That’s where the men-folk go when the women are putting on eyeshadow. What’s impressive is that he communicated this entire paragraph with simply one eye roll. You gotta give men this: they are succinct.
So maybe we’ll just keep it as an add-on for now. Introducing Kelly Eleanor Wallen, daughter of Lori Eleanor Anastasia Krupnik Michelle. I mean, if we’re finally be honest about names we wish we had…
So tell me, if you could have named yourself, what would it be?