Oh, how we persevered, puzzle from hell!
As I was picking it out at Barnes and Noble, Emily said, “No, Mom, it’s too complicated and too many pieces.”
No, I thought, I like the picture and that is all I could focus on. The fact it was 1000 pieces of 100 cartoon horses seemed to be a non-issue.
I feel like I do this a lot; in fact I have kind of a reputation in my family of not seeing the big picture. To me it doesn’t seem to have any rhyme or reason so it is hard for me to correct. I know my loved ones would disagree. They seem to see the common denominators in these situations and try to point them out to me before I take that fatal step. Sometimes it’s something benign like the puzzle and sometimes quite severe like moving to a town with less than 800 people.
Well, this puzzle has become a metaphor for mine and Emily’s life together.
We persevered until it was done. Even though it took up half the dining room table and we made everyone squish at one end to eat, we did not give in. After two days, we did not give in. We did it together until we were seeing double. Then one would take a break and the other would continue. Tristan came by and helped a bit. Allison stuck in there for a few minutes until she announced every time, “I hate puzzles!”
When it was finally done and we realized there were three pieces missing, we felt annoyed for a minute and then let it roll off our backs. We did everything we could do and it was enough.
The puzzle was just like us, a little broken, but we could see the big picture.