She walks along the dunes. There had been very little time away from others. So very few opportunities to be alone. She needs this more than air.
Morris agreed to keep an eye on the children. They were not enthused.
“He’s boring, Mama!” Ethan complained.
“Yeah, and his breath smells!” Lilly pouted.
“You don’t have to kiss him,” she replied. “And if you are bored, I can leave you some chores.”
They skulked away, displeased, but there was nothing for it, grumpy neighbor-as-babysitter or not. She knew she was becoming increasingly impatient. She did not want to cross the line into unkind.
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