The Letter "m"Well, ever since I was 13 I would introduce myself.
"My name is Melissa-Alison"
Mel turns into Melanie. "It's not Melanie."
Frankly, since I've been 8 I've wanted to change my name legally. Going to for my 21st birthday in December. My friends are supportive and excited. It's only just under $200, just a bit of a nuisance to let the bank, landlord, work, etc know.
I like having a short name of Mel, but everyone then assumes it's Melanie and I hate being called Melissa. I have no middle name, just a long, hyphenated name.
I can't wait to legally be Mona. It feels right, it's an embodiment of what I seek.
Some of my friends will still call me Mel, I expect this, it's fine.