Jigsaw Puzzle Syndrome

When I was younger, I never liked jigsaw puzzles — those things drove me batty, and I never had the patience to put them together.

A couple of years ago, one of my friends told me that one of her hobbies is to put jigsaw puzzles together and then gift them to people. That gave me the gift idea for my high school music teacher. When I put 250-plus-piece puzzle together, I found it to be a frustrating, but a rewarding experience. This was back in November 2012.

Last week, one of my co-workers decided to put a 550-piece puzzle together in her area. I ended up helping out with the kids to put it together, and I realised that I actually enjoy jigsaw puzzles. Yes, they are still frustrating, but I am way too persistent to give up on it. Thus, I started a puzzle in my area to challenge the kids and myself. I ended up choosing to do this Thomas Kinkade 1000-piece puzzle. It is very challenging, and it’s not even age-appropriate for the kids I work with! The puzzle is for those 12 and up; I work with kids who are 6-11. Go figure, haha!

Regardless, I am enjoying the puzzle, and now I even want to buy some more to do at home. I have a new addiction and hobby, one I hated as a child, but am loving as an adult.