It happened again yesterday. Someone laughed at me in the grocery store.
It wasn't because I was walking around in pajama pants and slippers with the hem of my nightie hanging out from under my sweatshirt. Everyone's used to that by now.
It's always the same situation. The clerk rings up my purchase, I slide my credit card and scrawl my signature on the receipt.
Then someone laughs. Usually the clerk or the person standing behind me.
"That's your signature? Are you a doctor?"
I usually tell the truth. I worked in the marketing department of a medical center for almost eight years, and doctors used to make fun of my signature.
Here's a sample:
I think the "T" and the "F" are pretty clear, but admittedly there are no other distinguishable letters.
Still, it's how I've signed my name for as long as I can remember.
It dawned on me today that this could pose a problem when it comes time to sign books. Feeling self conscious, I dug through my bookshelves to survey all the signed author copies.
The results were disheartening. Nearly all the signatures are legible. While plenty of them are sloppy or have an overabundance of flourish, they also have letters. More than two of them.
I decided to take a stab at a nice signature. I wasn't very pleased with the results. To me, it looks like something produced by an orangutan on Valium.
For the record, the rest of my penmanship is pretty good. It's just my signature that needs help.
What do you think? Are author signatures supposed to be legible? What's your signature like? Do I need to enlist the services of a handwriting coach, or do I just smile and say, "this is me, take it or leave it?"
Kinda like how I dress for the grocery store.