I have always been fascinated by the formality of names in Jane Austen's books. After reading The Jane Austen Guide to Good Manners, Charlotte and I had some very good conversations about why Jane Bennett was called 'Miss Bennett' while her sisters were only 'Miss So-and-so'.
The natural conclusion of this, was our working out our own titles according to the rules of Regency England.
"I'm Miss Charlotte, and you're Miss Imogen," Charlotte said.
"Which makes Felicity 'Miss Elvis'," I decided. "Someday I'm going to be Miss Elvis."
"Yes, but Felicity has to get married first."
Yesterday, Felicity did get married in our little local church. All her friends were there. After weeks of frenzied preparation and miss-communications, the big day had finally come. Charlotte and I wore our beautiful Regency style bridesmaid dresses. The two smaller girl flitted around like puffy clouds. Camera clicked and flashed, capturing the day Felicity stopped being an Elvis.
So, after years of waiting, I am Miss Elvis now. It sounds so grand. I feel ready to bring out the long Regency dresses, tie up my hair, and travel back in time so I can enjoy being Miss Elvis to the full. One day I'll pass on the title of 'Miss Elvis', but for now I'll make the most of it.
"Hello, I'm Imogen Elvis, but you can call me Miss Elvis."