Jason and I have decided to not change last names. We decided that a while ago.
This weekend, I asked Jason’s mom how she chose his name – he was born in September, and August through November spell out J-A-S-O-N. (How Jason’s sister got her name is an even better story, but not mine to tell. Then again, neither is Jason’s. Hm.)
I was named after Sonja Heine, the famous figure skater and actress. My parents decided to change the spelling, thinking that j is a hard letter to make when you’re little. It also kept me from dotting the j with a heart, star, smiley face, etc.
I like that my parents were so concerned for their new child, getting the hang of spelling and the making of letters. I get asked if I’m Norwegian a lot. (Once, I was asked if I was a squarehead. That query came from an old man.)
*warning – totally gross, smoopy, mushy stuff up ahead*
If my name has been spelled like my namesake, I could do this: sonjasonjasonjasonjasonjason
So I’m considering it – chainging my name, a single letter actually, in reflection of my solidarity to my soulmate.