yesterday, at D's family easter celebration, i announced that i would be taking D's last name. for a while i toyed with the idea of still having a hyphen; keeping my father's last name and adding D's to it. the more i'm with d and the kids, though, the more i think i'd like it if we all had the same last name. we have a joke where whenever someone does something awesome, we say " Go, Team R!" like the venture brothers, which is kind of how this all started. yesterday, when i said, "oh, i'm just going to be a r----," D's dad actually put his hand on mine, sighed and said, "thank you." i told him after he bought me a house, i kind of thought that's the least i could do, and he said, "oh! you didn't have to do that!" and we had a good laugh and i realized i'm doing the right thing. it makes him happy, it makes the kids happy, and i'll always be a bentley, regardless of what my last name is.
plus, only having one last name sounds kind of nice. you spend 33 years explaining your hyphen and tell me how you feel about it.