The path of least resistance makes for an easy escape. Ignoring his wife had won him the divorce and this private beachfront property (now noisy with his two sons, who would also eventually lose interest). Replace needs with wants: Nintendo, Big Macs, iPhones. Make them do the work.
For now, he played Dad as his eldest, eight, dug a hole to China.
Climbing into the crater, he let them bury him up to his neck.
“You’re staying here, with us,” the boys announced, pausing in their work.
He laughed, amused.
And then his sons, accustomed to their wants, finished the job.