-The other day, I had to make a long trip in the car with my 11-year old son, Nico. The radio was broken, and for 3 hours we sang in the car. (He knows about ten times more songs that I do.) I taught him most of Poe's Raven, and Jabberwocky and he told me jokes.
Then in the course of the weekend, a mechanic inadvertently fixed the radio (whose wires had been fried when I'd had the starter replaced in the spring). On the return trip, we sang a bit, and chatted, but mostly listened to the radio - with its recurrent barrages of yammering commercials.
If I'm thinking the glass is half empty, I can lament how easy it is to let opportunities to live more richly slip away every time we fall for the lazy conveniences of our consumer culture. If I'm thinking the glass is half full, I can marvel at the resources that exist in every kid's brain just waiting to be needed and valued.
Mostly I follow the old physicist's observation that the glass is always full. It is what it is. Enjoy the music.