My oldest son Chris was 6 when Keith and I got married and for years he talked about changing his name to Johnson. He emailed me yesterday that it’s done – he is now Chris Johnson. He decided to go ahead and make the change official before his wedding in October and that will certainly make it easier on Becky – now she’ll just change her name once.
I worried some that my Adam (my younger son) would be upset but he says he doesn’t mind. He doesn’t feel any need to change his name but said if he did he wouldn’t change it to Johnson. He’d choose McLaughlin – my maiden name. Being born on the day after St. Patrick’s day, he has a strong affection for his Irish roots.
Both boys still see their father but have a wonderful relationship with Keith and in Adam’s words feel he is their *real dad*.