Linda Maye Adams

J is for Jigsaw Puzzle


When I was growing up, we would visit our California grandparents at least several times a year.  My grandfather always had a card table set up with a jigsaw puzzle on it.  I remember him sitting at the table, studying the table with intense concentration, working out where everything fit.

He went through puzzles pretty fast, so my mother always gave him gifts of new puzzles.  One day he complained to her that the puzzles weren’t hard enough.  Knowing my mother, I believe she hadn’t taken the complexity of the puzzles into account.  She was picking the puzzles because of the pictures.  Most of the ones available then had pictures of mountains and lakes and other kinds of scenery like the photo of Mount Rainier below.

So she went back to the stationary store, because that’s where the puzzles were sold then, and got him a new puzzle.  This puzzle was also 1,000 pieces and entirely yellow except for a small Dole Banana label in the middle.

My grandfather didn’t complain about the puzzles being too hard again.

QUESTION FOR YOU: Have you ever gotten something you asked for and realized you didn’t want it after all?

6 Comments

  1. Ouch! That’s not a puzzle–it’s a toture device!

    I’ve asked for books that I didn’t end up liking, but nothing stands out right now.

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    • I think even my grandfather was shocked!

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  2. Nice post and nice information too. I read your post. It’s really nice and I like your post. It’s very simple to understand……..Thank you for sharing………..

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    • Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

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  3. Anonymous

    We had that puzzle when I was younger and now I’m trying to find it again! It was so hard when we were kids, but I think I could take it on now. =)

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    • I was trying to find a picture of it so people could see what it looked like. I was surprised it wasn’t for sale anywhere!

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