!by Mitch Klink (Der Mad Stamper) copyright 1998>
him so long?" Tina wondered. Her knees sunk into the cushions of
the sofa, as she leaned over its back. She had been perched here
all morning, peering anxiously out the front room window toward
the empty driveway.
been anticipating Uncle Marvin's visit for weeks. He had specifically
requested to speak with her when he called last month. "How would
you like to go with me on an adventure?" he had asked her.
"What a silly
question!" Tina thought. She always jumped at the chance to spend
time with Uncle Marvin. He was such a fun person... especially for
an adult. He always laughed at her jokes, no matter how dumb they
were. She loved his magic tricks, such as making coins disappear and
finding them moments later in her ear, his pocket, or her Mom's hair!
loved it when he called her "Butterfly" instead of Tina (because,
he said, butterflies were the most marvelous of God's creatures, except
for Tina, herself). Best of all, she loved the way Uncle Marvin always
made time for her whenever he visited.