Sometimes jigsaws strike me as totally pointless, one of the biggest time wasters around and of limited value once a child has gone through a certain stage (while they might come into their own again in old age when you are trying to keep your mind active, they seem to have little value inbetween). And somehow we seem to have several of them acquired somehow!
But recently I’ve found they have great value. They can be a focus that attract not just children, but teenagers, spouses, even visitors. And as a “focus” for people to hang out together they provide opportunity to spend time together and maybe talk. Now that is something valuable!
Somehow working on something, being drawn together by a common goal, doing something a bit like a game (but more relaxing if you don’t like competition) are just the right conditions for people to get down to some good soul sharing. Often I think teenagers want your company, but don’t know how to ask (or even know what they want to do with you now they are all grown up!) but with a puzzle they have an excuse to stop by.
So for now I wont be throwing the ‘unwanted’ puzzle gifts out! And next time someone pulls one off the shelf I’ll be a little quicker to join in and help!
Posted anonymously, 19th June 2016