Thank you for this Mukta! I love that your name means “pearl”. Pearls are symbols that beauty can come from irritation.

My birth name “Friederike” was changed when I was a child and immigrated here from the Netherlands. I am called “Didi”. I felt ashamed as a child and wanted a name that was recognisable to Americans.

I will not apologize for my name either! Thank you for this writing!

Warmly, Didi/Friederike


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Thanks for accepting me!

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