Uncle Eric’s Burger

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By Christine Goodnough

Uncle Eric captivated the children with his alien spaceship story at the family picnic. Especially Andy, who peppered Eric with questions until mom finally shushed him.

While fixing their burgers by the grill, Andy piped up, “Uncle Eric …”

“Hush! You’ve pestered Uncle enough.”

“But Mom …”

Dad frowned. “Not another word until after dinner.” Andy sighed and shrugged.

After they’d eaten Eric said, “Now Andy, what did you want to tell me so badly before?”

“Two flies landed in the ketchup on your burger and you didn’t see when you put the top on. It doesn’t matter now. They’ve … uh … disappeared.”

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