I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. My last name is NOT actually "EyeCanSee."
I'll take a moment while you all gasp in disbelief.
My last name is in fact a German catastrophe that sorta, kinda, sounds like Eye-Gun-See or Eye-Can-See depending on who says it and how jacked up it gets in translation.
Now. In the three years I've known my husband I've never messed it up. He told me once, prior to our first date in fact, how to both spell and pronounce his last name and that's all it took. Apparently I'm a genius, because for the rest of the human population this is not the case.
I knew after living 27 1/2 years with the last name 'David' that I was in a for a real ride when I voluntarily took on the hubs name. After years of being asked "Last Name" and saying David, only to be given the stink eye and told again, "No Ma'am, LAST name" I was glad to be taking a name that most definitely was NOT a first name. Though really people...I have boobs and am wearing a skirt, clearly my first name is not David.
When I went to the BMV to get my Driver's License changed, all happy and giddy in Newlywed bliss, the woman behind the counter very seriously asked if I was SURE I wanted to do this. Wow. That's a little rude. Well now I'm beginning to know why.
In the last few days I've had to spell my name over the phone to various people. E-I-G (what, did you say C?) NO. G as in Gary. S-E-E (what, V-D-B?) OMG I'm going to strangle you. I've resorted to full out A as in apple, B as in Boy spelling and people still get it wrong. They repeat it back to you and I'm like, what, was that a niner in there?! Where did you even get half those letters?
This folks, is the name I get to saddle my future children with. My 5 year old will most definitely flunk kindergarten for being unable to spell his own last name. And the clincher is....we're not even German! Not 1 lousy percent. Try explaining that to the one freak who pronounces your name right and then starts speaking to you in German. Oi-vay!