February 17, 2020

Owning My Name

“Lauren is my name, and always has been — or so I thought until one afternoon just before I turned 30. Over turkey sandwiches, my oldest sister, Missy, and I discussed what our names might have been. “Mom was going to name you Amy Beth,” I said. Missy nodded.

“And how crazy is it that you were actually Tiffany Leigh?” she said.

“What?” I spewed, my mouth full of bread. Missy clenched a smile.

“Oh, God. I didn’t mean to tell you that. But I guess it’s time you know. Mom changed your name to Lauren six months after you were born.” She patted my arm. “Until then, we called you Tiffi.”

I was dying to know more about who I was and who I might have been — about both Lauren and Tiffi. I went right to the source.”

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