"A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches." Proverbs 22:1 There is an episode on Family Guy where little Stewie, the baby with the grown-up voice is badgering Lois, his Mom. He stands near her and says, "Mom, Mummy, Momma, Ma, Mommy, Mother, Mom-ee, Mum..." Finally she responds with an exasperated "What?!" and all he says is "Hi!" and runs away.
Have you ever wanted to change your name? Have you ever wanted to stand in the middle of the house and yell to yourself, "Okay, young lady! That's it! You have a time out! Go to your room, and stay in there until I say you can come out! And don't try to get away with anything while you're in there either! You just stay put until I decide you're good and ready to come back out and face the day! Boys, you are not to visit me , or play with me, or call me at all. Mommy has a time out!" Then you march yourself up to your bedroom, shut the door, fall on your bed and breathe a huge sigh of relief!
I had considered changing my name more than once. Suddenly, it was different. I was no longer "Ann" but instead "Scott's Mom", "Mark's Mom" and "Ben's Mom" at random times when they started going to school. For the most part, I learned to cherish my new identity. I heard, "Oh! You're Mrs. Van De Water!" and it had a nice ring to it~ the wedding ring I have treasured for over thirty years!
But, let's face it: you don't always want to be known as "so-and-so's mother" or "Mrs. What's-Her-Name?" Sometimes you don't even want to be noticed or found, for that matter!