As my wife and I continue to play Jedi mind games over whether she is going to take my last name, I've realized that I've already won.
Sure, I'd love to see my last name on her driver's license, but my name already has a prominent place:
We are Jeff and Francesca.
Notice that? Do you see whose name came first? You're damn right you did.
I'm the leading man in the movie that is our relationship. If our coupledom was put up on the marquee, my name would be in giant, capital letters covered in puffy paint and glitter. She would have the left-over letters and they'd have to use a backwards 3 for the "e".
There is no rhyme or reason around who gets top billing in couples. It can be guys (Brad and Brittany) or girls (Meaghan and Jerry). It just has to sound right.
And hot damn does my name sound right stepping on the gas and pulling away in first place of the name game.
Know who else's name always comes first?
Brad and Jen.
Brad and Angelina.
See a theme? Always starts with "Brad". Even when he's dating some uber-celebrity, he gets top billing.
Which obviously means I'm like a modern-day Brad Pitt, before he got old and stole all those foreign children.
Yep, Brad and Jeff, two peas in a pod.
Wait - why does his name go first?