National Puzzle Day 2020

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It’s National Puzzle Day! Today is the day to celebrate all things puzzle – jigsaw puzzles, crosswords, logic puzzles, sudoku, word searches, etc. I enjoy puzzles of all kinds, but it won’t be a surprise for you to hear that jigsaw puzzles are my favorite. I learned my love of puzzles from my family, so today is a day for me to remember and appreciate my loved ones as well as enjoying some puzzles.

Every year I write a special post on this day, to remember the people who helped me love jigsaw puzzles as much as I do. This year, with my heart still broken from losing my mom, all I can think about is her and how much we enjoyed puzzling together. We’ll never sit together in front of a puzzle board again, and the loss still feels too heavy to bear.

I miss her on many levels, she was my mother after all. But in her later years we became the best of friends, and our shared love of all things jigsaw puzzle was one of the reasons why. We could talk about, look at, shop for, and work on puzzles for hours on end; no one else in our lives felt about puzzles the way we did, and we loved sharing them with each other. She was the first and most important member of my puzzle posse, and I miss her terribly.

My mother encouraged me to assemble the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle, and to start this blog; she was my first follower, my most faithful reader, and always cheered me on. My love of puzzles blossomed mostly because I was always able to share them with her, and they will always be a reminder of her too.

National Puzzle Day will forever be a day for me to remember my mother, and her mother – the two women in my life who taught me to love puzzles of all kinds. I got my start with jigsaw puzzles as a child at my grandmother’s side, and spent countless hours as an adult side by side with my mother assembling them. They were beautiful, kind, loving women, and for me this day is another reason to remember and honor them.

Happy National Puzzle Day my friends!

I miss you Gram, I miss you Mom. 💖

Happy National Puzzle Day!

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Enjoy National Puzzle Day everyone!

Of course I’m most partial to jigsaw puzzles, but enjoy National Puzzle Day however you like. Crosswords, sudoku, video games (man I loved Tetris!), word searches, anacrostics, whatever puzzles make you happy! If you’re not in the US, we’ll share our day – enjoy puzzles anyway!

I have my grandmother to thank for my love of jigsaw puzzles. She was always working on puzzles, for as long as I can remember. I will never forget her sitting in her chair in the living room with a big board across the ottoman/footstool working on a puzzle. When I would spend the night at her house sometimes she’d be working on a jigsaw puzzle in her chair and I would kiss her goodnight, then I would wake up in the morning and there she was still sitting there working on the puzzle!  It was much more complete than the night before because she’d been up ALL NIGHT working on it! 😮 I remember thinking “I can’t wait till I’m a grownup and can work on a puzzle all night if I want to!” Wouldn’t it be great if adulthood was like we thought it would be as kids? Staying up late, eating ice cream for dinner, buying candy whenever we wanted, controlling the tv – no phone bill, boring job, people to take care of, house to clean – being an adult is gonna be AWESOME! 😐

I always loved working on puzzles with her and not just jigsaws, she loved crosswords and logic problems and all sorts of puzzles. I always got to do the easy crosswords in her puzzle magazines because she was so good she was able to do the expert ones and even the expert crossword puzzles that were diagramless (you have to figure out where the words go – no numbers or shaded boxes to help you!) She always helped me with the answers I didn’t know and even taught me how to work the diagramless ones, although I can usually only do the easy or medium ones. My love of puzzles of all kinds came from her and I always think of her when I buy a puzzle magazine or spend too much time working on a jigsaw late into the night. How cool that National Puzzle Day is exactly one week before her birthday – she would have loved that!

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Me and Grama on a sleepover night – check out those awesome 70’s pajamas I’m rockin!

So enjoy national puzzle day everyone, maybe do a simple crossword with a child or help them with an easy jigsaw puzzle. You might instill a love of puzzles in a child that will be with them forever. Perhaps carve out a little “me time” and work on a jigsaw puzzle or a brain teaser all by yourself, or ask a loved one to help you and spend some time together. You might just create a wonderful memory. 🙂