Amy got the blue striped shirt for her birthday. She wore it to all her favorite places. The shirt got very old. One day the sleeve ripped, so Amy took out her scissors, cut it into pieces and sewed a pair of shorts for her son Calvin.
Calvin's blue striped shorts were soft and comfortable. He wore them to all his favorite places. The shorts got very old. One day the shorts ripped, so Amy got her scissors, cut the shorts into pieces and braided them into a rug.
The blue striped rug made a nice welcome mat for the front door. All the family's favorite people saw it and smiled when they came into the house. The mat got very old. One day it began to unravel, so Amy got her scissors, cut it into pieces and used it as ropes to tie up the tomato vines in the garden.
The blue striped ropes supported the tomato vines all summer long. There were tomatoes for salads, tomatoes for sauces and tomatoes to share with all the neighbors. When autumn came, both the vines and the blue striped ropes were very old. Amy pulled up the vines and cloth together, and put them in the compost pile.
All winter long, worms turned the compost and the blue striped shirt into soft brown dirt. Once Amy had a favorite blue striped shirt, but now she had nothing!
But Calvin said "You had a shirt. I had shorts. Our family had a mat. Our neighbors had tomatoes. The land has new dirt. And, we even have a story. We got quite a lot out of nothing!"