Glass half empty or half full?
September 8, 2013

Glass half empty or half full?

Dylan: Can I have a slush puppy?

Mum: Not at the moment. I’ve only just bought you an ice cream.

Dylan: It’s not fair!

Mum: It’s more than fair – I’ve not said no; just not right now. You’re wanting everything at once and things don’t work that way.
OK – if you have a drink and the level of the drink is half the height of the glass, would you see it as half empty or half full?

Dylan: [Thinks for a long time] Half empty?

Mum: There’s no right answer, but it shows how you can think about things in different ways. If you think the glass is half empty, you might always be sad and looking for more, which may never come. You might forget about what you’ve already got too – which will already be more than some other people have. If you think of it as the glass is half full, you’ll be glad that you’ve got some lovely drink and appreciate it more. It might even taste nicer! Do you understand?

Dylan: Yes, the glass is half full… But I’m only half glad about it.

Oh happy day!
April 5, 2013

ohhappydayD: Do you know why today is going to be a happy day?

Me: Why?

D: Because, the sun is out and when I blink my eyes I see a happy face behind my eyelids – two eyes there and a big smile. So it’s going to be a happy day.

Me: That’s good.

D: …But then, do you know why it might not be a happy day?

Me: Oh, why?

D: Just LOOK at those BIG rain clouds. So it might not be a nice day… But maybe it will be a happy day this morning, when the sun’s out, and then a sad day this afternoon when it’s rainy.

Me: It won’t a sad day this afternoon – you’ve got Art Club!

D: But it will rain at play time! The rain clouds might think, “We should go away.” Or they might think, “We should get some water down there so they can live.” So there’s two choices.

Feeling the warmth in sunny weather
February 1, 2013


Sunny weather – Jan 2013

D: That’s you and me, that’s our house and we’re feeling all warm and toasted because the sun’s shining.

Everybody bruises
October 31, 2012

D: You know when they say “We’ve all got bruises” on the radio?

Me: You mean the song?

D: Yes. Well, not everybody gets bruises DO they?

Me: Yes, everybody gets bruises – you’d have to be a robot not to bruise.

D: What – everybody? Even God?

Me: Umm… Yes, I think he probably does.

D: But that’s IMPOSSIBLE! Everybody can’t get bruises on the same day – I’ve checked and I haven’t got any bruises. So it means one day everyone has them, the next day they don’t have them, the next day they do have them…

Me: I don’t think the song means that everybody gets a bruise on the same day – I think it just means that we can all get bruised… On different days.

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