Portals of Spirit

Award Winning Film: Validation

Written By: Michele Doucette

A fable about a parking attendant who gives his customers real validation, dispensing both free parking and free compliments.


A cheerful parking attendant (Thomas Joseph Thyne, best known for his work as Dr. Jack Hodgins in the TV series Bones, one of my favorite characters)┬áconsiders it his job to do more than validate parking. He wants to validate the customers themselves, delivering compliments about their appearances and the inner qualities behind them. Everyone who comes up to him with a ticket walks away validated as a worthwhile human being. Soon, the parking attendant becomes so popular that people line up for validation. He appears on news broadcasts and even ends up validating George W. Bush and Saddam Hussein. His life hits a roadblock when he goes to the DMV to get his driver’s license photo taken and is met with a beautiful photographer whom he can’t get to smile.

Written by J. Spurlin