Emily: "Wow, that movie was so good. I think the mom and her daughter acted a lot alike. I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!" Josh: "Wait a second, I don't remember watching anything about an apple tree!"
Emily: "No, that is not what I mean. 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree' is a proverb. Proverbs are advice or sayings." Josh: "So you were comparing the characters in the movie to an apple that fell out of a tree?"
Emily: "Yes, but in a little bit more detail. The apple grows from the tree, and falls when it is ready. In the proverb 'The apple doesn't fall far from the tree', I am saying that the apple is falling close to the tree, meaning that they are alike because they both wanted to grow into a tree in the same area." Josh: "So the daughter in the movie wanted to grow up in the same area as her mother?"
Emily: "You're still not getting it. In the movie, the mother was a kind-hearted bookworm. The daughter was also a kind-hearted bookworm. Therefor, they were alike, just like how the trees in the proverb were alike because they wanted to grow in the same place. Does that make any more sense to you?"
Josh: "Oh, I see now! It is sort of how like you and your mom are alike because you both are bossy and love science! So then I could say that the apple didn't fall far from the tree when I am comparing it to you two." Emily: "Hey! But you are correct... I am glad you get it now."
Marvin: "Oh, hey guys! How was the movie?" Josh: "Great! The mom and the daughter were so alike, I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree." Marvin: "What is that supposed to mean?" Emily: "Oh brother..."