Friday, November 30, 2007

JL no more...on paper

As soon as I found out that our marriage certificate was ready for pick-up on the Wednesday morning after our Disneymoon, I left work early that day and drove straight to the courthouse to pick up several notarized copies. I then headed straight to the nearby social security office and put in a request for a new card to go with my new name. I left the place with an official letter of my name change (card would be mailed to me 2 weeks later) and along with the marriage certificate, I proceeded to change my name on my bank accounts, credit cards, frequent flyer mileage programs, Amazon, ebay, pretty much ANYTHING that I could think of. I wanted everything to reflect my brand new name! By Saturday afternoon, I received my new driver’s license and weeks later, new passport. I’ve heard newly married women taking months, even years sometime, to change her name. I did it in less than 2 weeks flat (not including processing time of others beyond my control).

I always knew I wanted to change my name after getting married. I wanted to have the same last name as my husband. One, less confusion (are you Mrs. C or Ms. L?). Two, unity. Before the wedding, I contemplated on how my new name should read.

1) First Middle OldLast NewLast
2) First OldLast NewLast
3) First Middle NewLast

I was sad that I would be losing my Maiden name so option 2 was tempting. I also didn’t want to lose my middle name (my Chinese name that my dear aunt gave me) so option 1 was nice as well, although a little bit too long. I ended up deciding on option 3. Decision was already made prior to the wedding.

I changed my name so fast that I didn’t get a chance stop and give a thought about what I just did! One day I woke up as a L and by the end of the day, I was a C. When I was at the counter at DMV, I suddenly realized that they would be taking away my old license that I quickly took a picture of it using my camera phone. I was a L for 29 years and it was bittersweet to say goodbye.

I never thought I would be saying this, but I was so glad to have a camera phone!

It’s been almost 3 months now and on paper, I am JC. However, often I find myself pausing between my first and last name when introducing myself at work. I am sure it will take a little longer for me to be comfortable saying my new name.

JL will always be a part of me. I grew up as JL, had my first job as JL, went to college as JL, got married as JL. Nowadays, I don’t long for the L anymore, because I know I will always remember it (plus there are some documents, such as Citizenship Certificate, my diplomas, student IDs, that can’t be changed so they will serve as reminders!). However, I am curious and anxious to find out what being JC will bring!

New driver's license, taken using my SD800.

4 comments:

  1. Bye Bye Lee! Lee No More! Lee Lee Go Away, Come Again Another Day!

    Lee Free or Die!!!!

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  2. how long did it take to get your new passport? I heard horror stories that it's taking months. People have to get the local news to step in for a dying woman's wish for family reunion.

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  3. still ms. ou, not long at all. Less than 4 weeks I think.

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