Monday, May 24, 2010

Putting it together

When the six-year old outgrew his 108 piece jigsaw puzzles, the only larger puzzle I could find was a 300 piece one of a national monument. Since the only puzzles he liked were ones with cartoon characters, I couldn’t get him interested in this one.

A couple of weeks after I bought the puzzle, I asked my son if he would like to do it with me.

“Okay”, he said.

It took us two hours to put it together. Two hours of him working on the reflection, and me doing the architectural details. Two hours of struggling with the sky, and getting it all to mesh together. Two hours of working together, and yet seprately.

The feeling of success when we finished was exhilirating.

Someday, I would love to work on a five thousand piece puzzle with both my kids. And, I would love to visit the Golden Temple at Amritsar, the holiest shrine for Sikhs, so I can see the arches and the embellishments we put together.

16 comments:

Jan Morrison said...

i LOVE JIGSAW PUZZLES! Sorry, didn't mean to yell. It is just that they are so undervalued. Nice post.

dipali said...

What a wonderful way of spending time together and facing a challenge together!
And not really competing either, except maybe for speed:)
Jigsaws and crosswords- interesting ways of matching pieces, both of them!

Mason Canyon said...

Jigsaw puzzles are so much fun and relaxing in their own way. It's a wonderful project for families to do together. Nice job on the puzzle, very pretty.

Mason
Thoughts in Progress

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's great the two of you could spend time putting that puzzle together. He just needed a little incentive and some help.

Lydia Kang said...

Puzzles are so much fun. Your little one is so cute!

Jemi Fraser said...

I think jigsaw puzzles are fabulous. Not only are they fun, but they teach a TON of valuable skills. I've used them in classrooms for a variety of purposes over the years. Fun stuff!

ladyfi said...

Fabulous. Doing puzzles together with your kids is an a joy not to be underestimated!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Beautiful! He may want to do more now!

Jaydee Morgan said...

I think you hit on the best way to do puzzles - with someone else :) I think it's especially nice that it was your son.

WELCOME TO MY WORLD OF POETRY: said...

Well done both of you, I used to love jig saws when I was younger, Taking the trouble to spend 2 hours with your son doing this was 2 hours worth spent.

Take care.
Yvonne,

Saumya said...

Ohh, nice!! That's such a sweet way to spend time together :)

Clarissa Draper said...

That's a beautiful sight. I have a 5000 piece puzzle. I wonder if my son would be interested in doing it with me...

CD

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Wow! That’s quite a two-hour accomplishment! I hope you are going to have it framed. It looks like a beautiful building. I have no doubt you and your kids could do a 5000 piece puzzle.

Susan Fields said...

That looks like a difficult puzzle! My kids and I used to do puzzles together, but it's been a while. I definitely need to pull one out and see if I can get them interested again - thanks for the reminder!

Watery Tart said...

What a great together project! I love puzzles. I think if my husband wasn't such a stinker about leaving them out, Thing 2 would love them WITH me (we have a couple 1500 piecers we've done--but they really are several day projects). I love it!

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Rayna M. Iyer said...

@ Jan - I do too. Quiet agree with you.

@ Dipali - yes, it is a great way to spend time together

@ Mason - I am looking forward to doing puzzles with both of them soon

@ Alex - and yesterday, the younger one and me just did one too. A much smaller one, though

@ Lydia - thanks

@ Jemi - a creative teacher can get a lot out of them, cant' she?

@ Fiona - can't think of too many things more fun than that

@ Debra - I sure hope so

@ Jaydee - never thougth I would ever like doing puzzles with someone else. But I guess my son is not someone else!

@ Yvonne - it was a really productive two hours, wan't it?

@ Saumya - it is, isn't it?

@ Clarissa - you could ask

@ Jane - unfortunately, it is back in its box now. And the building is lovely

@ Susan - do let me know if they are still interested

@ Tami - luckily, I don't have a husband like that. He is messier than me

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