Conversation last night:
Jrex explicates, "You know how they say the glass is either half-full or half-empty? Well, I say that the glass is half-empty and getting emptier all the time. It's always evaporating, you see."
I groaned, "It was bad enough when you were just a pessimist, this takes it down to a whole 'nother level."
He smiled, "Yup. Call me a cynic."
I mock glared at him, ". . . Honey, I hate to tell you this, but you're not just a cynic. You REEK of cynicism. People can smell your cynicism from 50 feet away!"
He cracked up laughing and I continued, "The really scary thing is that you just took that as a compliment!"
Nodding, he responded, "I am not a pessimist, I'm just a cynical realist."
"No, dear. You're not a realist. If I tell you ten good things and then one bad thing, you only remember the bad thing. That means you're not being realistic, you just weight the bad. That makes you a pessimist."
"Hmm...that's a valid point. I'm a cynical pessimist then!"
I groaned again, "Is there no hope then!?" I shrugged and grinned, "The sad thing is that at some point I'll accuse you of these things in front of other people and they'll get all weirded out thinking we're having a fight. Yet all along you and I will be fine with it. I can't believe you were happy to be called a cynic."
With a cheerful grin, he nodded.