Sunday, January 31, 2010


by patrick mcdonnell
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 someone who has everything?
he would give earl the gift of nothing.
but in this world filled with so many somethings, where could he find 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 head 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.
mooch 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 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
so he went and got a box
and put nothing in it.
them mooch thought, hmmm...maybe earl deserves more than this.
so he got a bigger box.
"now that's plenty of nothing!"
"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.
may you enjoy the gift of
just stay still.
welcome to coffee hour.
welcome to this Sunday morning.
just BE.


Stine in Ontario said...

Thanks! I enjoyed that! :)

Laura Hegfield said...

ahh. The perfect gift. No wonder young children often prefer big empty boxes to the complicated gifts wrapped inside. I never thought about it this way before. Cool.

joanne said...

oh i love Patrick's books!... one day i sat down and read all the bookstore had in stock... the one he wrote about hugs made my heart too big for my chest...

enjoy the nothing... which is actually everything... :)