I love working on a puzzle. There’s something so satisfying about creating a complete picture, piece by gradual piece. Whether I sit for five minutes and sort pieces, or I settle in for an hour with my husband, doing a puzzle is a pleasant way for me to unwind.

Imagine my delight when I learned that January 29 is National Puzzle Day. Puzzles are a favorite pastime for millions of people, young and old, and this day honors puzzles of all sizes, shapes, and forms.

Recently, my husband Bob and I started doing jigsaw puzzles, electronically, on my new tablet. We’ve been on an African safari, visited beautiful waterfalls, mountains, and deserts all over the world, and picked gorgeous flowers of all colors and shapes.

Even though the pieces don’t come out of a cardboard box and get set up on a board that we can slide under the couch when company comes, I still have all the same feelings I did as a kid—a sense of accomplishment when I close in the frame, excitement at finding an elusive piece, joy in watching the image take shape.  

The first jigsaw puzzle I remember putting together was of a beautiful palomino horse, posed with its front hoof raised and leg slightly bent. The palomino was my grandfather’s favorite horse. He bought me the puzzle, and we sat close to each other on the couch as we spread the pieces out on a board resting on the coffee table. We put that puzzle together and took it apart until the pictures on the pieces came off the cardboard backing. It’s a sweet memory I hold close to my heart. 

What about you? 

  • Did you put together jigsaw puzzles when you were a child? 
  • Did you like this activity? 
  • Did you have a favorite puzzle you chose to work on over and over again? 
  • Did anyone help you with the puzzles? 
  • Did you have a strategy in putting them together or did you just go for it? 
  • When is the last time you’ve done a jigsaw puzzle, electronic or otherwise? 

Today, write about jigsaw puzzles. Share your story in the comment section below.

It’s your last chance! Remember, all submissions in the month of January will be entered into a drawing for a free Writing Your Life online coaching video. The winner will be announced in next week’s newsletter.

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