Hank: I have to be careful because Pai told me I can’t go anywhere it is wet.
Me: Well you better not paint yourself into a corner.
Hank: Mommy this isn’t paint. It is water. I am mopping not painting.
Me: It’s a metaphor.
Hank: (not looking up from his task) I don’t know what that is.
Me: A metaphor is a story or phrase that isn’t what is happening, but explains it perfectly.
Pai: (from another room) Comparison by analogy.
Me: Like ‘don’t paint yourself into a corner’ while mopping. What would happen if you painted this whole floor and don’t leave a way to get out? You’d be trapped. Or you’d ruin the paint with your footprints. See how that metaphor works with mopping?
Hank: I know! I’ll jump my way out.