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Finally: a signature I am most proud of

Providence Associate Jane Fischer

One of my earliest memories of learning cursive is of the Palmer Method charts hung above the blackboard in my elementary school classroom. I never quite mastered it like the samples provided, and many years later shorthand and the qwerty keyboard led to my script’s deterioration.

I fondly remember trying to find a signature that looked impressive, had an artistic flair, and ended with an upward swoop. I practiced with a No. 2 pencil and an Eversharp, a ball point pen, an ink pen, and I finally perfected it around sixth grade with a Shaefer refillable blue cartridge pen. There is evidence of many iterations of this child’s play on piano books, sheet music, portfolios and the back of elementary school photos. In particular, the signature showing on my Czerny Etudes book appeared on several other items before being retired or discarded.

At some point, I dropped the circle that flared out of the top of the ending swoop on the character ‘e’ at the end of my first and last name: Jane Dudine. At the time, it was, in my humble opinion, something astonishing to behold. In fact, I quietly waited for someone to comment on it — but, alas, not a word of feedback from teacher, parent, friend or even a first cousin! In retrospect, that young girl felt she had many unrecognized talents and skills. So it was not odd that my signature did not get called out for the attention it deserved.

Sophistication and flair

As I became more sophisticated (about the 6th grade) the final stroke at the end of my last name looped back to provide the dot on the ‘i’ and was a parallel curved shape to the capital “J” at the beginning of my first name. Well, it didn’t last long. And I smile at the pretense when I look back on it.  Someone must have commented because subsequent iterations were unadorned.

Jane Fischer, right, enjoys time with other members of the Providence community, including Lorrie Scheidler, left, and Anne Mosher.

Somewhere along the line I learned that when a college degree is earned, a set of initials is appended to one’s name. I knew then, that my name would end with B.S. How wonderful to see a legitimate distinguished ending to my name. Imagine my surprise when years later I learned that unlike MD, DDS or JJD, the B.S. was not used with one’s signature! Well, then! Save the other degrees for the resume and the curriculum vitae.

A meaningful signature

Fast forward to today and a new signature style. I use it regularly now and love it when someone asks what it means. I use it when I sign in as a volunteer, when I complete a guest register, and when I share my name and contact information. Being a Providence Associate of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods is a significant and special part of my life — I waited a long time for this signature, and I am going to keep it.

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Jane Fischer

Jane Fischer is a Providence Associate. She is a member of the Miracle Place Providence Circle and volunteers at Craine House in Indianapolis. She and husband Chuck are both retired and are members of St. Monica Church in Indianapolis. Jane grew up in Southern Indiana and was taught by the Sisters of Providence at St. Joseph's Elementary School where the sisters also taught her to play piano.

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  1. Mary E Heins on March 18, 2020 at 10:35 am

    Hey, Jane. A really clever and cute piece!! Who would have guessed that so much could be said about a signature!! You have such imagination and humor — a real joy and treasure! I hope you will put your “signature” in lots of places and on many projects!!

  2. Nancy Rogers Dierdorf on March 18, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Hi, Jane! Loved your writing!! So fun to see your smiling face. You look wonderful!

  3. Rita Edwards on March 18, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    You have impressed my walk with Providence from the day I met you in Owens Hall for Orientation. Amen, Rita K. (Fleener) Edwards, PA

  4. Sabrina Falls on March 22, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    I so enjoyed this, Jane! Brings back memories of my own experiments with signatures! There’s something about our signature that provides us with an opportunity for self-expression! It sounds as though your delightful creativity and flair did not receive the notice they deserved! Praise God that you never let that hold you back! And your signature now, with PA attached, is the most beautiful one of all and says so much about you!

  5. Sister Editha Ben on March 22, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Jane Fischer, PA, you’re a gift to us and many others.

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