“When you complete a puzzle, you know that you have made all of the right choices.” ~ Robert, in the 2018 film Puzzle.
Maybe that why I like puzzles so much ~ life is so chaotic and complex that you never really know if you’ve made the right decisions. As I alluded to in my flash fiction piece earlier this week, it’s sometimes so difficult to make a choice that you wait until the choice is made for you. Maybe that is the right one; maybe not. How can you know unless you try them all, which you can’t. But in a puzzle, if you try the wrong piece, it won’t fit, and you keep trying different ones until you find the correct one. And so it goes, until the whole puzzle is finished. It’s just so satisfying to realize that you couldn’t have done it any other way.
Currently, I don’t do puzzles. Gatsby would grab the pieces and mess them up, plus I don’t have the room I used to. But it’s more than that. As I’ve aged, I find I have neither the patience nor the stamina for intricate tasks that go on a long time. Puzzles, needlework, cookie decorating. It all makes me too tired and my eyes get bleary. My daughter gave me some nice puzzles along with a mat (to roll up a puzzle in progress and keep the pieces safe from kitties when I’m not working on it), but I haven’t even opened any. The puzzles I do now aren’t of the jigsaw variety. I prefer quick word games.
But I look fondly back at my memories of doing huge jigsaw puzzles with my mom while we watched scary movies in our basement in Illinois. Good times.
I guess I have to amend my first sentence to “I used to like puzzles…”
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