09 April 2014

Inconsistent Names

Do you have a name that has been given to you but it is inconsistent with your current sense of identity?

When I lived and worked in London, I had a friend whose parents were originally from India.  My friend was even more English than me in her attitudes, speech and manners.  She had lived in the south of England all her life.  She had never been to India.  All her friends and work colleagues were of Anglo-Saxon origin.  All the activities and events we shared were very English indeed.

I now have an Italian surname.  I am not Italian.  My husband is not Italian.  He has been an Australian all his life.  Both his parents were born in Australia.  Our culture is mainly that of educated, socially aware, environmentally conscious, well-travelled, reasonably well-informed, English-speaking people.

If your name is inconsistent with your social identity, you may feel as if you are a blue rose even though everyone says you are a pink one!

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