What's in a name? My newly aquainted aunt posed this on her blog, Letters from Lin today. I started answering the question and realized my answer was pretty involved...so I moved it to my blog!
Well, If you know me, you know my name is Dawn Mercedes. Which is what I like better than any other name.
When my mom was in college, she had dated a boy who drove a Mercedes Benz. So when she was going to marry my dad, he promised her a Mercedes one day too.
Soon I came along...thus the Mercedes. I have always been their one and only Mercedes.
I think Dawn is from a friend of theirs...not sure on why they picked it. Maybe it just sounded good.
Growing up, I didn't like "Dawn Hatch" too much. It was too short. Plop, plop. My sisters all had very unique and unusal names for the time. Their names seemed much more interesting than mine. (But, boy, did all the boys love it when they found out what my middle name was...hehe.)
Later I grew more confident and took on "Mercedes" as my first name for about a year. I guess sort of the same reason Aunt Lin did. I was at a cross roads in my life. I needed a change and a break. A BIG change and a BIG break. A new name can do it for you every time. In fact, when my kids were younger and forever calling "mommy." One day, I told them I wasn't "mommy." I was Princess Aurora. So then there were times, that if they needed me attention, they'd call me "Princess Aurora." It could get my attention quicker and make the situation lighter/easier to bear. (Maybe that is why we like most nicknames. Through them we can become someone a little different. A little more tough, a little more althetic, a little more endearing.)
I was Mercedes when my husband met me. But as soon as he came to my parents' home and found out that my name was really Dawn, I was back to being Dawn again. (And maybe I should have insisted on being Mercedes. Just maybe.)
I think that given the choice, I might like to be just Mercedes. If I were to need a big change in my life again, you can bet that my name would go back to being Mercedes. Being Mercedes meant that I could be a different persona. Dawn is responsible and reliable and does what should be done. Mercedes is stronger, more sparkly, more umph. Now, I'm Dawn Mercedes online...and I'm pleased with that. It's a good balance. Again, if you really know me, then you know my name.