A True Story

I always enjoy my monthly massage, not least because my therapist is smart, funny and usually has an interesting story to share.

Today we were talking about the hassles of resuming our maiden names after divorce. This reminded her of someone who lived in the small Texas town where she grew up.

This fellow, the town drunk, decided one day that he wanted to legally change his name to his high school nickname, Squirrel.

He went to court and told the judge what he wanted to do.  The judge thought he was kidding, or drunk, or both.

“Squirrel?” “Really?” “Yes.” 

“Are you sure?” “YES!” 

The back-and-forth went on for awhile and both parties were getting exasperated. Finally, the judge asked again, “You REALLY want to change your name to this?” “YES!!! Squirrel!! Period!!”

And the judge legally changed his name to Squirrel Period, as he has been known ever since.

Only in Texas.



5 thoughts on “A True Story

  1. The Girl From Jupiter

    Lol! I wonder how well that name is received on job applications? 😉 After my divorce, I legally changed my last name. I hated my maiden name, though, and I’d always wanted something short, sweet, and easy to pronounce, so I cut down my married name to create a new, more meaningful name. It’s so cool, that my kids keep begging me to let them trim their last name, too. 😀

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  2. adguru101 Post author

    LOL! I love that you created a new last name; what a great idea! I hated my married name — not to mention the dolt I’d married — so dumping it was an easy decision 🙂 Still a hassle, though, to change passport, driver’s license etc. It would be very cool if your kids take your new name.

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