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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Once upon a time, there was a girl named Kathryn.
Or so she thought.
One day, she was going about her business when she was informed that her name was not actually Kathryn.
"What?" She thought. "How can that be?"
Somewhere in the hours after her birth, someone made a mistake.
And named her not Kathryn...
Now, you might not see a big difference when you read the names, but to Kathryn/Katherine, it was a very big change.
It changed her life!
She could no longer get a job without proper documentation. Her signature was different. She had to contemplate whether or not her entire life had been a lie!
If she had known what her true - legal - name had been growing up, how different might she be now?
Maybe she would be a professional singer, or an astronaut?
She will never know.
So now that she knows the truth, Katherine has adopted her new name.
But if she's honest, she misses the "ryn".
Good thing most people know her as Kate.
Okay, seriously though. I went to fill out paperwork for my AWESOME new job.
And they noticed what countless other employers have missed. Something I'd never even noticed.
The name on my Birth Certificate and Social Security Card wasn't Kathryn, but Katherine.
However, I've grown up spelling it Kathryn. And my Driver's License was spelled Kathryn as well.
Apparently the Utah DMV doesn't care if you spell your name the way it is spelled on your documentation either.
But my new employer does.
How is it my fault that someone mixed up my name when I was an infant?
Did they expect me to point out the mistake right out of the womb?
I didn't know how to read. Or spell my name.
Heck, when I heard my name, it probably sound more like the teacher from Charlie Brown was talking for the first few months of my life.
I blame the adults of 1989.
Yet. I'm still being punished.
They made me go to the DMV.
Living hell. Seriously.
I spent a grand amount of time going through the process of changing the name on my Driver's License.
I realize that it is spelled the correct (illegal) way on my Driver's License and I could have tried to change my Social Security Card to the correct (illegal) spelling.
But it was so much simpler just to adopt the wrong (legal) spelling of my name.
But I still feel a strange case of missing identity.
It's like finding out I have a long lost twin or that I was switched at birth or something.
Only... much less awesome.
Someday I will reclaim my name and my freedom!