Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mrs. H

Before I was married my initials were SAS, so there was never any question about whether to wear my first initial or my last initial on my jewelry. When friends bought me a piece of letter jewelry they would jokingly say "Well, I wasn't sure whether to get your first name letter or your last name letter, so I got both."

When I got married I kept my middle name and took on an H instead of an S. The way I see it I now have two letters to chose from. When my husband and I were on honeymoon he starting my collection of H items by buying me a travel mug. It's a cute black and white mug with a large pink H on it. Some people ask me why I have an H on my coffee cup instead of an S, and I have to carefully explain (to very puzzled looks) that H is the first letter of my last name and sometimes I use H instead of S. This never goes over well.

Today I was at Goodwill there was a selection of letter jewely hanging on the jewelry stand at the register. Most of them were rarly used letters like Z, N, H X, and the like. They were brand new, but apparently the store that donated them had been unable to sell them. I bought the H necklace you see above for $3 to wear to a wedding this weekend. I really prefer to wear my last initial instead of my first most of the time. I'm not really sure why, but it might have something to do with the fact that I've been wearing S's my whole life. Or maybe it's because I like being associated with my husband. Or maybe I just like H's.

No one thinks anything of it if you use your last initial on linens, towels, door mats, yard banners, etc. But for some reason wearing an initial other than your first is not okay. Why do you suppose that is?

What about you?
Single Women: Do you prefer to wear your first initial or your last?
Married Women: Do you prefer to wear your first initial or your last?


  1. I like O- since that is an unusual letter for a last name. Besides, maybe one day, my last name will change and I will be able to wear a different letter. Of course, my luck will be that I marry someone with the last name of O'Neil or the like. ;)

  2. After 10 years, I am definitely proud of my M. In fact, my niece, Maisie, had some really cute stationery with an M that I bought from her at a yard sale. Maybe when she marries, I can get all of her Ms. ;) Oh, wait, her Mom's last name starts with an M. Stink.

  3. Hmm...I don't think I have anything with either of my initials. I love the letter K, so that's probably what I would prefer, but seeing that adorable necklace, made me envious :) I certainly love my new last name, but I always get if I'm related to the ketchup (Heinz) even though it's spelled differently...haha :)

  4. Rebekah (Arjay) DonaldsonSeptember 17, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    My initials are RJD. I like the D. It is associated with family, so if I wear anything, it's a D. What's really funny is that I go by Arjay (my initials spelled out) so I've come to think of A as my initial. It's really weird.