Our family tradition of putting together a Christmas puzzle resulted in some frustration. First, the puzzle we decided to tackle was huge. Second, it had an inordinate amount of pieces in multiple hues of blue. Third, some pieces fit with more than one interlocking partner! As a result, we managed to finish only the border and a few inner images before giving in and tucking it away for a more likely year.
Although the project was unsuccessful, there were fringe benefits. We all contributed some time to the effort, working separately or in teams. It was mindless and mesmerizing work, relieving stress rather than creating it like the 9-to-5 jobs we would soon return to. Together, we celebrated the union of each piece formerly lost and then found… Like a puzzle, it is the little pieces of our family lives that come together to make the big picture.