Signature Story

Recently I had to sign a set of documents.  The documents required my signature in more than 40 places. Phew..

I signed the first few with a flourish, then the brain switched to automaton mode, after which, when the brain grew tired, I was unsure about my signature anymore. There was a disconnect. I had to stop and give myself a break. I was tired of signing repeatedly.

Rewind back to when I was around fifteen. On the last page of my school rough notebook were hundreds of signatures I would try out. Which signature would capture my true personality? The effort went on till I was in University and had to open my first bank account. There it took form and shape.

Courtesy –

This little bit of art would be exclusively mine, my passport to identification. The little squiggle would allow me access to my money! 

I have seen people whose signatures are like art, some who merely print their names, some who write one alphabet and then draw what seems like a heavily spiked graph.

I remember my dad’s friend whose signature looked like a duck – so creative. 

Though it’s not so much fun anymore, it was a lot of fun at one point.

Do you have a ‘signature story’? Would love to know.


16 thoughts on “Signature Story”

  1. I don’t get my signature right, ever! They always make me sign twice in the bank and compare it with the on my ID card, and every time I have to tell them that’s just how I am with signatures.

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  2. It can start out nice and proper but after several times, it can squiggle itself out on paper to illegibility. As a former Notary Public, acknowledging hundreds of signatures during closings, my own would get a bit sloppy in hast. πŸ˜‰

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  3. When I was young I once spent a full year writing everything, signature included, slanted backwards. Here in the U.S. most schools no longer teach children how to write using joined up/cursive handwriting. It won’t be long before we have entire generations who only know how to print their own names. 😦

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  4. I was saddled with a J-name and as a kid, I HATED writing my name because of the J. It was a letter that simply didn’t work for me.
    It wasn’t until years and years later, after a job that required me to sign hundreds of cheques a week, that I finally developed a comfort level with my signature.

    … I’m still not overly fond of the letter J πŸ˜‰

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