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For better or worse ...

October 20, 2008 - Meg Alexander
I'm off to the courthouse in a matter of minutes. When I enter its doors, I'll be Megan Feddersen. When I leave, I'll be Megan Alexander. As a local girl, many of you may recognize Alexander as my maiden name; some of you will not. I hope either way you are able to adjust to the idea - it's taken some work on my part, as well. It's not a decision that came easily.

I filled out the paperwork for my marriage certificate when I was 21 years old, and I hesitated for some time on my name. Megan Feddersen? Megan Alexander-Feddersen? What a mouthful. Keeping my maiden name was an option I never seriously considered. I'm not sure why. Blame it on my young age, my traditional upbringing, my excitement to get married. But the past few years, I've continually wished I had kept that name, remained Megan Alexander, and retained that part of myself, for feminist fru-fru reasons I'm sure many people would think, but nonetheless, it's bothered me that I gave that up so easily.

And besides, Alexander is an awesome name! No more spelling out Feddersen three times to still have it misspelled as Fedderson, Fellerson, Feddington, Pettersen, Patterton, Setcherson, and yes, I've experienced all of the above, some obviously worse than others.

So here I go, for better or worse, to return to Megan Alexander.


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