The signature is written entirely on a somewhat flat horizontal plane. The letter "C" is larger than life and surrounds the letter "a" on top and below. The pen rises to begin the letter "a," which flows into what seems to be the letter "l," but looks more like a "e" owing to its small size. It continues down in a smooth curve until it meets up with the beginning of the "r."
There is no space between the end of the "a" and the beginning of the "r." This creates a continuous flowing line that represents a ripening fruit or vegetable.
Below the "C" is the word "RIPENED" with two lines coming off of it. The first goes straight down and ends at the bottom corner of the letter "C." The second line turns slightly left and goes across the page, stopping at the right edge of the paper near where it would stop if it were written out as one word.
After these letters there are some numbers: "999" and then "AND MORE."
Finally, at the very bottom, just above where it says "RIPENED CALF BALES," there is a little smiley face.
This is not your typical writing style, but it is Ripken's own unique way of signing his name. It became popular after he retired from baseball in 1999 and even has its own Wikipedia entry!
A friendly letter is often concluded with a closing word or words, usually after a skipped line at the conclusion of the last paragraph of your body. The signature is the sixth component in a friendly letter. If you are writing in ink or pencil, you should sign or print your name on the line after the close. If you are writing in the dark, a stamp can be used instead.
In today's world, a handwritten letter is much more common than its printed counterpart. Handwritten letters are considered to be more personal and important than typed ones. They may also contain more information depending on how long you write. A short, sweet note left by someone you know for example will probably only take a few minutes to write whereas a longer letter sent by mail might take up several pages.
In addition to being personal, letters also carry important social messages that need to be understood by others. A friendly letter tells someone that you are sorry about something that has happened or that you are asking them something. It can also give instructions or report something that has been decided upon together. There are many different ways that letters can be written and sent these days so we will just go over some general rules that apply to all types of correspondence.
First, letters should be written in an informal way. This means that they should not use too much formal language or style. A friendly letter does not need to be written in legalese - simple English is fine!
A signature is typically just someone's name written in a stylised manner. However, this isn't strictly essential. All that is required is a mark that represents you. Anything that marks the paper can be used to make the signature. You could use just about any kind of symbol or word as long as it is easily recognised as yours.
For example, if you were willing to put your name on hundreds of documents every year then you could use your own name as a signature. Or, you could use an abbreviation for yourself, or even a phrase. As long as it is unique it will do. Just make sure that you don't sign anything you wouldn't be happy to be associated with in some way.
In most cases a space of two lines is enough width for your signature. If you want to include more than this in some letters then they should be written on separate sheets of paper and joined together later. This may not seem like a big deal but many people find it difficult to write anything other than their name on every document they send out. It is up to you how formal you want your correspondence to be but including a phone number or email address as well as your name will help others identify who they are dealing with.
You only need to write your name once at the beginning of each document but it can appear anywhere within the text if relevant.