As a parent, five o’clock took on new meaning. It no longer meant “happy hour”—margaritas and half-price appetizers. No, it became an hour of making lunches, cooking dinner, fielding requests, monitoring homework, negotiations for electronics and allowance—all after a full day at work.

The central objective of Five O’clock Island is to elevate the everyday—that by identifying the emotions I myself traveled through, I could provide a comic connection to others through our shared experience. Iconic gold stars and gold figurines both add elements of play, tapping into childhood nostalgia. There aren’t many rules to the map—move through it at your own pace, read what you like, take advice as you will. But I do hope others will find the humor in it, and that it empowers them to soldier on in the midst of the mundane and monotonous.