I am Adopted, Reunited, and I Changed my Name: What does that Mean to the Adoption Community?
Everyone who came with a lawyer was called first. I sat alone on my wooden bench in the court room. The room was smaller than I had imagined and full of people. One by one I watched as various lawyers and court petitioners approached the podium pleading closure to important issues. The judge was kind; the corners of his eyes crinkled with his sense of humor. He called my name and I stepped forward. He asked me why I was here. I requested a name change. He asked me to state in my own words why I wanted this name change. "I want to add two family surnames to my middle name and hyphenate my last name with my maiden and married names," I replied. He looked pleasantly surprised and expressed fondness for my names. He stated my new name for the court without one mispronunciation or skipping a beat. The very name that I have identified with for the past three years was official. I finally did it. It seems like forever ago that I arrived to the decision to change my