The Filipino way, most people’s first name is Maria. There are so many Maria’s in our family, me included. However, we don’t use our first name. I use my second name. My only wish is I wish I wasn’t named Maria. The trouble started not in my childhood. It started when I came to Canada. The officers saw how long my name is, they started using Maria. Employers did the same thing, Maria. Well, I felt there is no use in contradicting them since they are having a hard time pronouncing the name. When I say my second name, the common response is, Huh? How do you spell that? P as in Peter, E as in Eve, R as in Richard, P as in Peter (again), E as in Eve (again), T as in Tom, U as in Uranus, A as in Apple. Perpetua. What? Petula? Never mind, call me Maria. The names that I just called out, they understand, but not my name. As for being Maria, oh the trouble I go. Maria seems to be a troubled name. People started singing “How do you solve a problem like Maria”. Sound’s familiar? It was only in 2010 that I decided once and for all, I will use my name that I am accustomed to hearing. Perpetua it is. Again, my colleagues of 13 years, they kept on calling me Maria. Sorry, folks, I am not responding to that! So here I am, as a Canadian Maria, signing and dancing to the Sound of Music. This is in response to Daily Prompt: Childhood. Come and join us, it will make you sing.