by Crorey Lawton

The brightly colored diamonds and squares danced in the afternoon sky. Families clustered to watch the graceful lines extending up towards the kites, as children of all sizes struggled against the breeze. Tiny arm muscles strained against attached strings, and miniature legs churned at full speed, quickly gaining distance from each kite. The field teemed with children; the sky flashed with the gathering of dozens of kites. Then came the moment of tension, and there was an inevitable snap as one of the kites released its prey and flew skyward. Catch and release - throwing back another child that was too small to keep.


Crorey Lawton, author of Disillusionment, builds levees and digs mounds. You can read a journal of his project in Guatemala here.