Impatience and puzzle fuzz

Sometimes I get really excited for things. They can be small, everyday stuff, like what I’m having for dinner, or huge events like taking a cruise at Christmas.

Recently I was excited because my friend and I bought a puzzle and decided to start putting it together.

I love puzzles. I probably haven’t put a good puzzle together since high school, but I remember having a lot of fun with them. There is something charming about assembling tiny pieces to form a larger work of art and besting something that is designed to be a challenge.

The puzzle we got is great. There is a huge white house on a lake with boats and leaves floating in the water from the surrounding trees. It’s picturesque.

We started to build the thing on Sunday. I was so excited that I impatiently started grabbing pieces and tried to force them to belong, even though they didn’t. Quickly we sorted out the edge pieces and the corners, and soon my kitchen table was covered in jigsaw wood and puzzle fuzz, the name we gave to the tiny debris from the jigsaw wood, mostly because of how fun it is to write and say.

Pretty soon, however, all the pieces began to blur together. It was incredibly frustrating. At one point I threw myself on the table, burying my face in the pieces so they stuck to my cheek, and moaned half-heartedly. Maybe I was being dramatic, but the puzzle drove me to it, I say.

My friend suggested we stop and get coffee, which is always a good idea.

The next day we went back to it. I wasn’t as anxious to get started on it this time. My failure from the previous day had taken a good chunk of the enthusiasm out of me. Maybe my patience allowed me to sit down and actually contribute to the assembling of the puzzle, however. Within an hour I finished the boats, the house and some of the trees. The difference between the two days was incredible. The thing is really starting to come along.

So lesson learned. The next time I build a puzzle, I simply refuse to be excited for it.

Happy Birthday to Tiffany Evans, Ernest Melton, Clayton Foster, John Wharton Ellis and Ellen Fryson Lester Polk, all of Sherman; Chirstina Boynton of Omaha Nebraska; Kendra Logston of Denison; Peggy Goldston of Dorchester; Linda Sloan McCrary of Georgetown; Bonita Hutchins of Austin; Madelin Hopkins of Colbert, Okla.

Happy anniversary to Fred and Shirley Phelps of Denison; Earl and Billie Howard of Denison, 65 years;


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