A good puzzle brings the pieces together.
Doesn’t that sound like a pithy quote about life? Must have been written by a world-renowned philosopher, right? Nope. I wrote it thinking about the jigsaw puzzle on my dining room table.
About a week ago, I bought a 1000-piece puzzle while I was supposed to be buying a birthday gift for my daughter’s friend.
It is our first “family puzzle”. Previous puzzles in our home had no more than 100 pieces because our children were small. Now they are 6 and 8 and ready for a “real” puzzle. My oldest daughter, who has autism, is remarkably skilled at sorting the pieces by color. My youngest daughter likes watching our progress but finds the puzzle too hard.
She is a very bright child and when things don’t come easily to her, she gives up quickly. She is not interested in struggling with something when so many other things are fun and easy. Can’t blame her, really. And note to self: we have some work to do here.
My husband and I lose ourselves in the puzzle for an hour or so at a time and delight in each other’s progress. I love having our table covered in pieces and seeing how we are working together toward a common goal. I love seeing each of our personalities play out in how we approach the challenge of the puzzle.
As children, my husband and I each grew up in families that did puzzles together. Some families play board games, some do outdoor activities, some play puzzles. We are a puzzle family.
What brings the pieces of your family together?