Half Full Glass.

This old chestnut of half full or half empty glass has been discussed ad nauseum in so many blog posts in the blogworld that I wonder why Padmum chose this one! Perhaps on the day that she was choosing her list of topics, she was feeling a bit low!

I intend approaching this topic in an unusual way. I am usually an inquisitive fellow who wants to know what’s in the glass before I decide whether it is full, half full or half empty or whatever.

I do not have enough glasses at home to illustrate what I intend to convey and have had to do with tea mugs/cups.


Except for the very rare visitor who has to be satisfied with instant coffee, in my house tea is the favourite beverage. The problem is in understanding the quantity that each guest wants. Ranjan and some friends prefer a mug full of the left extreme size, Some other friends and I the second from the left, and others from either of the other two.

Very often I also get requests for half a cup or half a mug and I have to bring all the four sizes to ask for the precise quantity that the guest wants.

Now, the question is when I pour the tea into the container, do I think about whether it is half full or half empty; and when the guest gets the tea, is s/he getting half an empty container or a half full container of tea?

So instead of trying to solve these koan type of questions, I simply enjoy playing host and drinking lots of tea in good company. If you would like to join, I would be delighted to have you on such joyful occasions. I can also make some lip smacking snacks to accompany the tea, available at short notice.

To have a bit of fun while on the topic you can visit a couple of my earlier posts here and here.

You will, if you have read those two posts appreciate that this old codger believes that all of us have both traits in us and sometimes one is ascendant and at other times the other. Perfectly natural and nothing to worry about “improving” oneself!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post on the weekly Friday Loose Bloggers Consortium where eleven of us write on the same topic. Today’s topic has been chosen by Padmum. The ten other bloggers who write regularly are, in alphabetical order, Delirious, gaelikaa, Grannymar, Maxi, Maria SF, Padmum, Paul, Shackman, The Old Fossil and Will. Do drop in on their blogs and see what their take is on this week’s topic. Since some of them may post late, do give some allowance for that too!

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23 Responses to Half Full Glass.

  1. Nandu Pillai says:

    My friend spent 4 days in the Glendale Tea Estate near Bagdogra in West Bengal ( Paschimbangla if you prefer – lovely view of Kanchenjunga ) recently and had the temerity to ask for a cup of coffee ! I might do the same if I meet you on Feb 13th ( 2/3 in the mug on the extreme left ) , so please do keep the snack(s) ready !

  2. KRD Pravin says:

    I always wondered why small cup for me sooooooo BIG cup for yourself? Ok I assuming you were assuming that I wont have a lot of tea… I do drink a lot of tea, by the way. Next time Ranjan bhaiya wala cup for my tea, ok uncleji!

    You are right so many people have written on glass half full or empty – one of those is me ;). My two cents are on the link


    and by chance I have written on optimism / pessimism too not bombarding with link here though.

    Lastly you are not codger, if you are than I dont know I am codger to the power N 😉
    KRD Pravin recently posted..Chinu and the pebbles

    • Rummuser says:

      An elderly man, esp. one who is old-fashioned or eccentric.

      • Pravin says:

        I checked that, I was specially concentrating on this part of the meaning “…one who is old-fashioned or eccentric” get me? I always ask you old fashioned and eccentric questions so am I not double codger provided you are a codger! thats what I meant
        Pravin recently posted..Chinu and the pebbles

  3. Delirious says:

    Actually, my husband will probably be making a trip to India soon. But alas, in our religion we don’t drink tea. But he would be happy with just plain old water. 🙂
    Delirious recently posted..Peeking In

  4. Here’s another take on it. It’s irrelevant.
    If they want more tea, ask and you will definitely receive. If it’s too much, certainly leave some because I am OK with that.
    Martin Cooney recently posted..3 Lessons We Can Learn from Past Relationships

  5. Nick says:

    Jenny and I have large mugs of tea when we wake up and then move on to smaller mugs as the day progresses. Also, for us coffee afficionados, we have tiny coffee cups just big enough for a stiff shot of espresso.
    Nick recently posted..Emotional riddle

  6. Grannymar says:

    I’ll have a large freshly percolated coffee with no room for milk, if you are asking.
    Grannymar recently posted..Half full glass

  7. I’ll have a big mug of coffee and would like to have my towels warmed before I exit the shower. Oh, and do you peel grapes for guests at your bed and breakfast?
    The Old Fossil recently posted..Half Full Glass

  8. Maxi says:

    Refreshing post, Rummy. I drink both tea and coffee most days. My parents drank coffee but it was always tea at my grandparents. It would be a dream to visit your home for cup of tea.
    Blessings ~ Maxi
    Maxi recently posted..How I Keep My Glass Half Full

  9. wisewebwoman says:

    I’ll bring my own filter and will have ground my beans (dark shiny) before I come. Just have the kettle just shy of boiling, please and a spoon of sugar and dash of cream and yes the large on the left. To the brim. Like life.
    wisewebwoman recently posted..Imbolc

  10. Maria says:

    I have been drinking tea from teacups since I arrived in India eighteen years ago. But they seriously do not do it for me. I need at least two cups every time. Mug in our house usually get stuffed with vegetable peelings so I don’t feel inclined to use them. I have adopted my MIL’s habit of drinking tea in a steel ‘glass’ so I can have more tea at one time….
    Maria recently posted..Half Full Glass

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