Wednesday, March 10, 2010


     Today is 'Middle name appreciation day'!  Did you know that?  Well I am here to announce my middle name and the story behind how I got it  (psst...I wasn't born with it).
    I was born October 27, 19XX  to Patty and Larry who decided to name me Joni Maughan.
       As most of you know that is not my maiden name.  So the story goes something like this.  My dad's mom got a divorce when my dad was a kid.  His mom then changed his last name to her NEW last name, no apotion ever happened.  I guess back then you didn't need to do much to change your name?????  Anyway, he lived most of his life with his step-father's last name.   Now fast forward to when I was about 3 or 4 yrs. old,  my dad decided once and for all that he wanted to have his fathers last name and not the step-father's anymore.    Was that confusing?  It seems like it is as I am typing.    Ok, back to the story.  We went as a family to the court to get the last name changed, but as we had been talking about it before hand I told my mom that I wanted to have a middle name.  She asked what I wanted it  to be.  I, of course, wanted what most 3 yr olds would want,  I wanted my middle name to be the same as my mom's.   So when we went to court, my parents were talking to the judge and I remember the judge looking down at me from what seemed like the biggest desk in all the world.  Then he said something like  "I heard you wanted to ask me something?"  To which I said that "I wanted a middle name because I didn't have one."  He asked me "What do you want your middle name to be?"  Quietly I said "Sue".  "Why do you want that name?"  I said "Because that is my mom's middle name."  He then sat back in his chair with a smile on his face.  He leaned over to the side and acted as though he opened his desk drawer and said "I think I have one of those right here in my drawer."

    And that is it.  From then on I had a new middle and last name.  So for "Middle name appreciation day'  I am proud to announce that my middle name is SUE!!  Thanks Mom!