The Gift of Nothing- By: Patrick McDonnell

 

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It was a special day and Mooch wanted to give his best friend, Earl, a gift.

But what to get him?

He had a bowl.

He had a bed.

He had a chewy toy.

He had it ALL.

Mooch thought and thought. What do you get the someone who has everything.

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NOTHING!

He would give Earl the gift of nothing.

But in this world filled with so many somethings, where could he found nothing?

Mooch often heard Frank say there was “nothing on TV.” But as far as Mooch could tell, there was always something on TV.

Mooch often heard Doozy and her friends say there was “nothing to do.” But as far as Mooch could tell, everybody was always doing something.

Millie came home from the store and said, “There was nothing to buy!” So Mooch went shopping.

IMG_6034Mooch looked up and down every aisle. He found many, many, many somethings. The latest this, the newest that…

But as far as he could tell, nothing was not for sale.

So Mooch went home and sat on his pillow and just stayed still (as cats often do).

And not looking for it, he found nothing.

So he went and got a box and put nothing in it.

The Mooch thought, Hmmm…maybe Earl deserves more then this.

So he got a bigger box.

“Now that’s plenty of nothing.”

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“For me?” said Earl. “Mooch, you didn’t have to give me anything.”

Who told him? thought Mooch.

Earl opened Mooch’s gift.

“There’s nothing here,” said Earl.

“Yesh!” said Mooch. “Nothing…but me and you.”

So mooch and Earl just stayed still and enjoyed nothing and everything.

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I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, no matter what you celebrate. Don’t forget that the gift of nothing can be a powerful gift. Hug you family. Tell your family that you love them. And most of all, enjoy nothing and everything with them. 

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