Last weekend our little family started working on a jigsaw puzzle. We’ve done that before and it’s a lot of fun! But after all of the shifting and reorganizing we did around here this past autumn with the home repairs and updates, most of our puzzle boxes were accidentally dumped upside down, or there was one or two missing pieces from the whole process of putting them together and taking them apart again . . . so I decided it was time to buy a brand-new jigsaw puzzle. At the store we were trying to decide which puzzle we wanted to work on. Did we want a picture of the ocean, or a picture of cartoons, or cats, or puppies, or Disney characters, landscapes, cityscapes, famous works of art, or country scenes and farm yards? What a selection!
I pulled on off the shelf that looked like an interesting design. It was a picture of a covered bridge with trees and flowers all around, blue sky with white fluffy clouds, butterflies flitting among the bright yellow, red, and blue flowers, a pathway through the grass up to the bridge, and lots and lots and lots of green leaves. Lots of green leaves. I said enthusiastically, “Let’s get this one! The pictures is really pretty, and it will be fun!”
“Hmmm . . . ” sighed the ever-diplomatic Hubby as he looked at the front of the puzzle box, gazing thoughtfully over my shoulder. “But it’s 1,000 pieces . . . ” he stated the obvious. “Don’t you think that might be too difficult?” “Of course not,” I stated with naive determination. “The girls will love it!” “Are you sure you don’t want to try one with . . . 500 pieces, or even . . . 750 pieces?” he asked hesitantly. “I mean, just in case, that one really is too difficult?” “It will be fun!” I declared, tossed it in the grocery cart, and took off towards the produce aisle. Hubby faithfully followed along, perhaps wondering if I had lost my mind. Perhaps I did.
When we got home, right after supper, we opened the box and dumped out all the pieces. There were 1,000 of those little things, and they all looked the same. We finally got all of the edge pieces in place (well, except for one, which we still can’t find now after a week of searching), and by then we were all staring cross-eyed at all those little pieces – that all looked the same. The next day we puttered around with it and found a few pieces the went together; we even found a few that matched up with the edge pieces. Making progress! But really, several hundred little pieces of a puzzle that are all green (leaves?) or light blue (sky?) or brown (pathway? covered bridge?) are going to take a very long time to figure out where they go and what they match up with.
So, I was wrong. It really IS a very difficult jigsaw puzzle, but fortunately it is all spread out on a table that we don’t need to use every night for supper so it can sit there until . . . spring? Summer? I don’t know how long it is going to take us to get it all put together. But while we are trying to figure it out, we’re having fun hanging out together around the table in the evenings, eating popcorn, watching TV, drinking hot cocoa (or whatever), and just being together. It’s worth the extra effort to figure it out. And I even think we will eventually find that one, lone edge piece that is still lurking somewhere in that pile of 1,000 puzzle pieces that all look the same.
As we were working on that crazy puzzle, I started thinking about my inbox. I know, a strange thing to think about while working on a puzzle, but it just reminded me of what a mess my inbox is. Well, actually my in BOXES, because I have a few different email accounts for my different projects. So this week I’ve been trying to sort through a bunch of messages, answer as many as I can, delete the ones I don’t need, and just generally get things organized in my little digital world. But then that got me to thinking about how life is kind of messy, but it’s a beautiful mess, so I guess in the end, whether it is a jigsaw puzzle, or my inbox, or my house, or my writing projects, or my little classroom here for my online classes, or life in general . . . we should try to keep things tidy, but that doesn’t always happen.
And just like that 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, I’ll eventually figure it out if I just give myself enough time and don’t give up. That’s my word of encouragement to myself this week: Don’t Give Up! Baby steps, a little at a time, one puzzle piece at a time, one email at a time, one load of laundry at a time, one paper graded at a time, and sooner or later I’ll make progress. Time to get back to that puzzle because it isn’t going to put itself together!
I hope you will join us this week for the Favorite Things Blog Hop and Linky Party. I know, I know, it’s one more thing on your To Do list, but this one is fun, I promise. Hope to see you there!
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