I got married in June. I thought I wanted to take my husband's name. It turns out that professionally, it's not working for me.
This week, at the beginning of a new semester, I declared my intention to return to Ms. MyName.
The kids reacted in lots of funny ways. Many were concerned about my husband's feelings. Some thought I had problems with my in-laws. Overall, though, their desire to honor my request has been really sweet.
The best reaction: "This changing-your-name-stuff is going to come in really handy for your next crime spree."