Boating with the 4 year old he points to a section of earth emerging from Lake Champlain that looks just about nothing like this one.

Island Image

Not the island in Lake Champlain

“Is that an island he asks?” Face squinted in the setting sun. Yes. “An island is land surrounded on all sides by water.”  I define in a “its not really science time” way.

Even as we turn around and the shade slants over us his face remains wrinkled, now in concentration. “The top is covered in clouds and clouds are made of water vapor so ALL sides are covered in water.” He pronounces. Satisfied with his “all sides” explanation he heads back into epic battle clone warfare to defend our craft against attack.

All sides.

I love to see into his head.

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Anna Rosenblum Palmer is a freelance writer based in Denver, CO. She writes about sex, parenting, cat pee, bi-polar disorder and the NFL; all things inextricably intertwined with her mental health. In her free time she teaches her boys creative swear words, seeks the last missing puzzle piece and thinks deeply about how she is not exercising. Her writing can be found on Babble,, Great Moments in Parenting, Ravishly, Good Men Project, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Playpen, Crazy Good Parent, and YourTango. She also does a fair amount of navel gazing on her own blog at

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