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Day 495: What’s underneath?

The title of today’s post is inspired by this pair of photos, which I took yesterday:

Photo #1:


Photo #2:


My next thought about “What’s Underneath?” is this:  That’s a therapeutic technique I’ve witnessed, to encourage people to go deeper and get a better understanding of their thoughts and feelings.  For example, if somebody expresses a feeling or experience, such as:

I am confused

… the question “What’s underneath?” is repeated, like so:

I am confused.

What’s underneath?

Not knowing a lot of things about the future.

What’s underneath?

Fear that things won’t turn out well.

What’s underneath?

Unhappiness about feeling ill.

What’s underneath?

An expectation that I should be feeling better.

What’s underneath?


What’s underneath?

Hey!  What’s with all these questions?  I need to go get breakfast!

Geesh.  Some people just don’t know when to stop questioning.

But, I think that gives you an idea of that technique, which people can find quite useful.

What else do I want to show you, today?

How about some more photos from yesterday?


Question: What’s underneath those cows?

Answer: An elevator door, in a parking lot where I had left my car, last month, when I was a patient in the hospital. Yesterday, my son and I were waiting for the elevator to take us to see Eddie Izzard.

At this point in the post, you may be thinking

I am confused

… but I think I can clear that up.  The parking lot is attached to the hospital where I receive my medical care AND it’s located in Boston’s theater district.

Here’s another photo:


Question: What’s underneath that?

Answer: My son, me, and many, many other people, going into the theater to see Eddie Izzard.

At this point in the post, some of you may be asking a different question:

How was Eddie Izzard, Ann?

He was brilliant.

Thanks to cats, questioners, answerers, sons, Tufts Medical Center parking lot, the Citi Center,  Eddie Izzard, and (is there any question?) you, for reading today.

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