It was a special day and Mooch wanted to give his best friend, Carl, a gift. (Mooch was a dog) But what to get him?
He had a bowl. He had a bed. He had a chew toy. He had it ALL.
Mooch thought and thought. What do you get someone who has everything? NOTHING! Mooch would give Carl 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 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. 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 not for sale. So Mooch went home and sat on his pillow and just stayed still.
And not looking for it, he found nothing.
So he went and got a box and put nothing in it. Then Mooch thought, Hmmm…maybe Carl deserves more than this. So he got a bigger box.
“Now that’s plenty of nothing!” and he headed off to find Carl.
“For me?” Carl said when he saw Mooch’s big box. “You didn’t have to give me anything.”
Who told him? thought Mooch.
Carl opened Mooch’s gift…looked inside wondering at what he saw…. “There’s nothing here,” said Carl.
“Yes!” said Mooch. “Nothing…but you and me.” And they gave each other a hug.
So Mooch and Carl just stayed still looking at each other and then out the window. They enjoyed nothing, and everything.
[c. Patrick McDonnell, 2005.]