Four-year-old Billy saw purple butterflies flitting in his backyard. He tried to catch one but when he got close it flew away. Billy followed the butterfly out of the garden, down the alley, across the street and through neighbors’ yards. He chased it until he lost sight, then he chased another. For hours, he chased butterflies until he finally chased one into his own garden.
He saw police cars in front of his house. Inside, his mother talked to policemen.
“Don’t interrupt when I’m busy,” Mom often said to Billy.
He remembered. Tired, he went to bed.
© Copyright 2016 Ken Rosburg. All rights reserved.
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Ken Rosburg is a retired US Air Force fighter pilot and a retired American Airlines pilot. He began writing in 2012 and has had works published in the national-award winning “SandScript” journal and in the e-zine, “A Long Story Short.” Ken resides in Tucson, Arizona with his wife of forty-seven years.
9 thoughts on “But Mother, You Said by Ken Rosburg”
Billy’s gonna be in so much trouble when his mother finds him sleeping safe and sound. 🙂
Haha, love this. Funny how kids find the most inopportune times to actually follow the rules 🙂
And that childhood selective memory forgot that pesky rule about staying in the yard.
Poor mom. Wonder what she’ll do when she finds her son.
Rule #1 on a missing child report – search the house. Had a case where we found the kid hiding in the dryer…giggling.
Love the irony!
I really liked this one. Nice bit at the end.
Tired of chasing butterflies and snuck back into bed. 2 things are going to happen that kid will have a sore butt and his mother is going to be on the cops do do list for filing a false police report.
Hee hee! The comments are almost as good as the story. This made me laugh.