What or Who Will Cause The Next Extinction Uncle?
Jeff pulled up in front of the huge movie cinema just in time to see a sea of kids pouring out its huge galactic doors another sea of children, teens, and parents pouring in. Suddenly, he spotted his niece and nephew Antonio and Carla waving for him.
Jeff rolled the window down.
Tony shouted, “Uncle Jeff, can Carlos and Maija catch a ride? Mom called and said to ask you. Their mom is at our house.”
“Okay kids…jump in.”
“Wow, what a nice ride, you got a Hemi under that hood, Mr. Jeff.”
“Well. I see someone who knows their trucks. Matter of fact yes…young lady.”
Carlos jumps in, “Mr. Jeff, this was an awesome movie. Have you seen Jurassic World Dominion!”
“What is a Jurassic World?”
Maija had an awed look on her face, “You mean, you never heard of Jurassic Park?”
Antonio and Carla burst out in laughter.
Carla hunched Uncle Jeff, “Of course he has. He has told us the story of the extinction of dinosaurs more than once...right Uncle Jeff?
Uncle Jeff nodded yes and said, “Who wants Burgers?”
All hands went up as Uncle Jeff pulled into the drive-in.
Carlos asked, “Can we do curbside service Uncle Jeff.”
“Yeah, Uncle Jeff. Blow your horn”
As soon as he did, the attendant skated out and took their order.
Jeff winked at the attendant. After we eat, we will order your famous Orange Creamsicle Milkshakes to go…plus four.
Carla smiled, “Mom got you trained …like Dad.”
Jeff broke out in laughter.
While they waited on their order, Tony got Uncle Jeff to tell the story of how the dinosaurs went extinct.
“Dinosaurs ruled the earth for about Earth for about 165 million years.”
Maija had a serious look on her face, “Now that is a long time.”
Jeff laughed, “Yes…it was. Then the big lizards went extinct about 65 million years ago. You guys ever read the Smithsonian Magazine?”
Tony's hand went up, “Maija and I have…in our Earth Science class."
"Well, according to a story they told, it was about 66 million years ago, when an asteroid came screaming out of the sky and smacked into what is now the Yucatán Peninsula of Mexico. The tsunamis, an overheated atmosphere, darkened skies, and horrific cold temperatures wipe out an estimated seventy-five percent of known life on Earth…except for very small creatures like marsupial mammals."
Carlos looked puzzled, “Mr. Jeff…what is a marsupial mammal?”
Jeff had to think of a simple answer to this sometimes-complicated question.
“Carlos…just think of a very small kangaroo with a baby in the pouch.”
"One of the greatest scars on our planet is hidden beneath the Yucatán Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico. The buried crater, over 90 miles in diameter, was created when the massive asteroid struck and both and end to the dominion of dinosaurs…and the rise of man."
“So that is how we got here,” said Maija.
“Well…that is a part of it,” said Jeff as he motioned for the attendant to order the Orange Creamsicle Milkshakes
Jeff paid the bill and they were on their way. A bit of a drive he thought... The kids will all be sleep when I pull up in the driveway.
Suddenly a young voice asked, "Mr, Jeff...who will cause the next Extinction?"
Jeff responded, "Rest your eyes little one. We will be home soon. That answer to that question can wait"...