His solution of having two children to care for was to start eating sand. His mouth recoiled at the first crunch and the grains between his teeth gave him goosebumps. He held his breath. The moisture on his tongue climbed up the sand. Children racing to the to of a Geo Dome. Try as he might, he couldn’t swallow so he stood at the end of the slide and blew sand out of his mouth like a geyser.
Playgrounds are boarded and slightly raised, pragmatically to keep the sand in. But it’s really an island with its own set of rules. Children create unknowable worlds while adults outside do the same thing.
Following his lead, the laughter of children turned to chocking sounds as they all tried to swallow and spit sand at each other.