I have been talking to our son Theo a lot recently about the Cup Half-Full and Cup Half-Empty approaches to life. Yesterday, due to a series of unfortunate events, but mostly to his almost allergic reaction to doing his math homework, Theo spend much of the evening in a very bad mood. In the midst of the mess that the mood created in our home, he declared that he was a “Cup Half-Empty” person, and that his life was horrible. It was a tough night for all of us, one of our worst probably. However, this morning, after a decent night’s sleep and a good breakfast, Theo’s mood had was completely transformed. When he asked for some water at breakfast, he poured the water half-way up the glass, pointed at it and said, “Look, Mommy. Half full!”
So although the last few days have had quite a few rough moments, I’m going to follow my own advice to Theo and focus on the good. In the last couple of days, I have written an article about an artist who is also a dear friend, and the experience brought us closer. I wrote the first essay for my new book today. I was introduced to a very nice man who wants me to be his consultant as he builds a collection of Japanese woodblock prints. I received all three of the checks that I’ve been chasing up for the last few weeks (such is the life of a freelance!) and best of all perhaps, Theo finished yesterday’s homework this morning and then finished today’s homework before dinner, so we were able to sit and enjoy Sherlock together. There was another unpleasant episode before he went to bed, but we all got through it much better than we did yesterday, and since I’m focusing on the positive today, I’ll look at that as something to celebrate, one of the small victories. But, when I finally got a chance to drive to the library to return a book Theo had borrowed, I tossed a couple of books from the Lemony Snicket series into the Book Return bin, for good measure.