He said he was an optimist
She said "Let's see if that's true."
She asked him to hold up both of his hands.
With one hand he had to count the negatives.
With the other hand, count the positives.
"And remember," she said, "the rules."
He looked at her blankly for a moment.
"For every negative, count two positives,
and look for that cat who
just might want your tongue."