The Water Glass

GM!  I started going through my posts from when I first started on here. I started with taking the Writing 101 course, didn’t know what it would lead to!! We were given topics each day and for this topic we were supposed to write about 2 opposing views. Hope you all don’t mind as I share a flashback from the past. Enjoy!

The restaurant was busy with its morning rush of customers. getting a bite to eat before rushing off to work. No one paid  much notice to the 2 customers sitting at booths opposite of each other. They had ordered different meals, one was bacon and eggs with biscuits smothered in gravy. The other one had oatmeal and whole wheat toast. One thing they both did have, was a water glass that was half full, or was it half empty?? Listen in on their thoughts

“It is so freezing cold this morning, I should have stayed in bed under my warm covers!”

“Oh it is frosty this morning, but I love the change of seasons being in the air, the anticipation of something new. The chill in the air definitely helped me wake up quickly!”

“Can’t believe how heavy traffic was …had to wait forever for the car in front of me to move, don’t people realize I have places to go, people to meet. I can’t afford to be slowed down for anything!!”

” Traffic was definitely slow moving today, but I loved watching the Mom and her little boy on the sidewalk. They were deep in conversation,  her boy was talking so excitedly, seeing the Mom  caress the boy’s cheek…Oh it brought back memories of little Timmy…not so little anymore tho. I  still can’t believe he is in college now! I got so caught up in the memories I didn’t realize that the light had turned green. Than I heard the horn beep behind me…oops!”

“Well look at the time, where is that slow  waitress I need to pay my check and get out of here. Facing  another day of drudgery, working so hard for so little money…UGH!”

“I hope my waitress has a good day, I noticed she seemed in a state of frenzy this morning. I think I will leave a little extra tip today to hopefully bring a smile to her face. I don’t make much at my job, but I do love to give, to make others happy. After all,  isn’t that what life is about, spreading the joy.”

With those last thoughts the customers left, off to their different worlds. Their water glasses still sat on the table….they had  told their story, now its up to you. Which  glass are you going to be today ?

19 thoughts on “The Water Glass

  1. Very creative! Love what you did with this challenge. Now which was which I wonder? Was the positive thinker the healthy eater or vice versa? Really great story!

    Just a little constructive help – might want to run a spell/grammar check before publishing to assure the most professional presentation, correct spelling, punctuation (and now that I’ve said that – I will probably notice a million mistakes in my own! 🙂 – hope I am not offending )

    BUT, once again – I LOVE the creativity of this story! YOU ROCKED IT!


    • Thank you so much for your kind words and for your advice! I know grammar is my weak area, something I do want to improve upon. I get so caught up in the story that I just don’t pay attention to that. My poor husband has tried to teach me, he’s very good at it, I didn’t get that gene, LOL!. Interesting that you ask that question about who the healthy eater was 🙂 Honestly at the time I wasn’t sure, but now I have decided. Who do you think ? 🙂 Thanks again! Anxious to go read yours!


  2. The optimist. The pessimist. Great concept.
    I wondered a little about their relationship. All we know is they’re sitting on opposite sides of the half-full/half-empty glass at the restaurant. Do they meet before work every day? Is this a chance encounter? Are they romantically involved? (As in “opposites attract.”) Ex-lovers? Are they co-workers?
    Their dialog around the water glass makes me awfully curious about who these opposite people are. Please write a sequel.
    Thanks for the good read.


    • Thank you for your nice words and now you have me thinking!! What is their relationship, I actually did have something enter my mind right before ending it that I was debating about. It would have given a clue to their relationship,but I wasn’t sure I wanted to go there. With your encouragement now maybe I will!


  3. I wasn’t thinking of who had the best or healthiest meal but instead was focused on the thought of one
    water glass being half empty and the other half full. Of course the half empty was the pessimist!
    I was just hoping my glass was half full today. Very good contrasts.


  4. This made me smile as it reminds me of my grandparents. My ‘Granny’ is always so happy and positive and loving. And my Grandpa, whose also loving (just in his own way), always finding something to complain about. I loved the end when you asked the reader which glass they are going to be today. It does force you to make a decision… in the nicest way possible. Thanks for sharing. 🙂


  5. Great job with the contrasts! I like how you used this encounter as a teaching moment by asking the question at the end. I think most everyone is ‘grammatically challenged’, I know I am! Two things have helped me. 1. The small book, “The Elements of Style” by Strunk and White. Sometimes you can find it at yard sales! 2. I often write my stuff in Word and do spelling and grammar checks in there. Then I copy and paste it into my blog.
    Hope this helps a bit!!


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