What’s in a name?
My married name Aziz made people think I speak Arabic. Unfortunately I don’t. I wish I had all that knowledge and skill. I only speak Dutch and English. People who would read my married name, Miriam Aziz, would often expect it to belong to a woman from Morocco or Lebanon, Iran perhaps, or even Afghanistan. Great would be their surprise, and often their disappointment too, when they would get in touch only to discover that I am Dutch-Australian.
After years of being Mrs. Aziz, I will still remain so, but with my own Dutch name: Van Keulen. Mr. Aziz is very understanding. He knows that true love is not in a name.