The Problem With With Some Metaphors

Conversations With My Daughter — Jilly Nines


“Yes, Jilly?”

“I think I got in trouble at school today.”

“Oh dear, what happened?”

“Miss Maya-Sara smiled at my math homework and said my glass was half-full.”

“Oh. What did you say?”

“I asked, ‘What glass?’”

“That’s an okay question. Why do you think you are in trouble?”

“Well, then Miss Maya-Sara put some water in a glass from the sink in our classroom and asked me if I thought it was half-empty or half-full.”


“I said, ‘Both.’”