IMG_3894.JPG, originally uploaded by MzMuze.

This is a photograph of the clock on top of my kids’ puppet theater. The hands only move at the urging of human hands to set the time. There’s no battery or clockwork behind the face, so normally it does not keep time. We use it as a learning toy for learning clock time; I imagine when the kids are older, they can use it to set the time for their “performances”.

The other day, I was in that room with an adult friend who glanced at it to check the time and I said, “Oh, there’s no clock in this room.”

We were unsure. Is this a clock? Is a clock a thing that looks like this, or is a clock a thing that tells you what time it is?