Sunday, November 29, 2009
We enjoyed a four day family weekend to celebrate Thanksgiving. One of the traditions of family get-togethers is doing a puzzle. This can take us late into the night and can sometimes turn into all-day-puzzle-marathons. It is a great way to spend time together and all focus on one project.
The most fun is at the end of a very difficult 2000 piece jigsaw puzzle when you quit thinking, "There must be a piece missing," or "This is impossible," or "My back hurts from sitting here for four hours," and you can tell that the number of pieces on the table must fit exactly into the space that is left.
Then everyone (whether they have been involved in the puzzle process or not) gathers around the table to put in the treasured "last piece."
Hands are flying to grab pieces, flipping them this way and that, trying to put the remaining pieces into place.
One of my kids "hid" the last piece and got the privilege of putting it into the puzzle. We all jumped up and down, excited that we had completed the puzzle.
The question then became, what do we do with the rest of the weekend?
Excavator -- we missed your analytical persistence this weekend.
Another series of (marathon) perfect moments!