This Friday's flourish is in honor of Mother's Day. Had I started studying calligraphy before I became a mother, then I would have had the good sense to give my kids names with both ascenders and descenders. (smile) But I do love my kids' names: Rachel and Matthew. This flourish works well for names that do not have descenders and also would be great at the end of a body of text such as a quote, poem, or bible verse.
Here is the flourish combined with my daughter's name. I would redo the R to have it drop down and intersect with base flourish. It's important to make sure the flourish doesn't make the l look like a b.
It works well with Matthew's name too:
I miss my mom terribly, but I continue to benefit from her love and example. I pray I am the mother God wants me to be for Rachel and Matt. To all you moms - Happy Mother's Day!