A Name Change

Well, I knew the day would come, but it came a little sooner than expected! Anna Marie has decided that she likes just “Anna” better than “Anna Marie.” The reason? The name of her best friend in Rhode Island is Hannah. We have been talking about how Anna and Hannah have the same meaning because they originated from the same word. Plus Hannah and Anna rhyme.

After “Anna” told me she wanted to change her name (or not use both names), I said, “OK, but it might take a little getting used to. I’ve called you ‘Anna Marie’ for over 7 years now.” She thought about it a minute, and then said, “Well, I guess you can keep calling me ‘Anna Marie,’ but I want anybody new I meet to call me ‘Anna.'”
I will try to start calling her “Anna.” I decided when she was very young that I would agree to the shorter name should she ever decide she liked it better. It might take a while, though. I am still adjusting to her decision that she doesn’t like being called “Banana Marie!”

Well, I guess my little girl is growing up!! Wait….haven’t I said that before?

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