The Therapy Booth

resting, doodling and holding love signs

Love Signs

As we move over to this, our new site, I’m transferring all that you’ve seen so far about the Love Signs. Want a smile? Scroll here.

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This picture makes me feel so happy. Look at their beautiful, relaxed faces. Delight!

Thasswhassup.

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I love my job. I have had other jobs that I’ve loved, or at least really liked, but this one takes the cake. Even to see one person be surprised and smile, it just makes it all worthwhile. While I was out on the corner tonight, it was a summery experience. At least what I nostalgically think of as summer: Mild, warm temperatures, green, lush trees, looking far distances across fields or quiet streets, light evenings . . . it was very relaxed and I felt like I was already on the road. Living the summer travel adventure right there. Perfectly right there. I was humming a lot tonight and almost dancing around. And also my arms got kind of tired and I realized that some of my shoulder issues may be exacerbated by holding the sign. And it gave me more love for my shoulders and their woes. I’m really grateful for this opportunity, and I would relish the chance to allow this to be my full time and only job. Oh wait, it is. The Therapy Booth is alive and well. <3

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South 1st and Mary, right next to Bouldin Creek, on an unseasonably warm day in February. I love you!

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Here I am in front of Flashback on South 1st in Austin. It was a chilly afternoon! This photo and sign-holding session was the inspiration for the banner doodle on this page. My dad had been asking me if I had a plan. When I came in from holding my sign that evening, I drew my plan.

I love you!

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This day a lady named Kathy handed me a quarter. She had long braids, wrapped up in black cloth on her head, and she wore a long black dress with a plunging v-neck, and she said that morning her allergies had been killing her but that she was feeling better now. She sat on the bench beside me at the bus stop and waved at cars with me. She was delighted. We laughed a lot and we loved each other. We slapped five and giggled and hugged before she got on the bus. Thank you for the quarter and the smiles, Kathy! The above photo was taken by a woman named Mardi who pulled over to say hello and take a few pictures. Often I’ll ask folks to send me a copy of a picture, but I didn’t ask her to send me one, and I sort of wished I had. A few minutes later, while I was still out with the sign, I got a text message with a picture in it from my friend Shawn. It was this picture. I asked him, “How did I miss seeing you??!!” thinking he’d snapped it — and he drives a great big red milk truck, so he’s really hard to miss! He said his friend had sent it to him, with a message about why she loves this town. So he passed it back to me. A happy love circuit, connections made, love going round and round. Thanks you guys! I love you!

P.S. Kathy and I have met many times since this picture was taken. I have since moved out of the neighborhood where we would meet at the bus stop, but I saw her the day I was moving. Bitter sweet! What a great lady.

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