When I applied for my first passport in my 20’s, I showed my birth certificate. “This is not a legal document.” I was told. Someone crossed out Paulette Molly and wrote in Paula Irene. I was then told if my mother was still alive, it would be an easy fix. I would have to prove I was entered in school with the name of Paula Irene and the name would legally be changed. My Mother chose the name Paulette Molly…of course when she came home from the hospital, she was given many opinions about the name choice and under duress, she changed my name to Paula Irene. I honor my Mother’s first choice by writing under the name of Paulette, and since my last name began with S…you do the letters…In the 50’s everything was monogrammed, but not for me.
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