Molder, and I don’t mean as in Scully and Mulder……

I’m working on a jigsaw puzzle, haven’t done one in a long time. It’s good practice for my hands. When I was a child I enjoyed them and often received one every year for Christmas. My siblings used to tease me that I “molded” the pieces to fit. I always disagreed but I found myself last night trying extra hard, “molding” a piece to see if it would work where I needed it to, I guess old habits die-hard. Puzzles are one of those things that when you don’t do them or think you are beyond interested in them have the power to pull you in. Everyone that passes by a puzzle on the table has a comment or a suggestion. It’s fun to see someone with initial disinterest so pleased with themselves as they immediately find a fit and walk away. They are simple things that are good for many things. I find that when I’m working on one I’m either immersed in only thoughts of the puzzle or my mind is relaxed and wandering as it often does here in traction or I’m single-handedly solving some of life’s big problems! Puzzles have power and I like them. They seem old-fashioned and dated and I like that about them too. They are easy-going and stress free and good for fingers that sometimes are numb. I may be a “molder” from way back but that’s how I roll in the puzzle world.

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2 thoughts on “Molder, and I don’t mean as in Scully and Mulder……

  1. Great idea! When I was a student and I worked in a hospital I would have those little puzzles that come in a small box in my pocket. I would have the person stand and put it together, at first you could see a wall go up and they would say things like ” I’m not good at puzzles or what does a puzzle have to do with therapy” I would explain that we were working on standing balance or maybe fine motor if they had a stroke and even some visual issues that are caused by stroke. Anyway the person would get so involved I would be saying ” ok, we can sit now” or ” I think we should take a break” 🙂 It was a really good tool. Other people would walk bye and comment. I had forgotten about it. I’m going to have to start using puzzles more. Thank You!

  2. there is something comforting, esp. in the winter having a puzzle in progress on the dining room table. Love you insight about people walking by and needing to fit a piece together–so had not to attempt just one pc.

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