For years Marge was all smiles as she searched for just the right colors of green, or blue, or red to complete the puzzles. The ones with 1,000 pieces or more were favorites. During the holidays after the dishes were done and food put away, she would go for a jigsaw puzzle. It was a great choice--no calories but pleasing in its own way.
Sometimes she worked the puzzles in a group, other times by herself. Did she know in her earlier years that at 90-something she would still have that that gleam in her eye when looking for just the right piece?
Well, she does. It seems like as people age and forget things--and we all do--we remember what we loved. It's as if our brains hold tight to the precious things: songs, puzzles, fishing, hunting. And even if we can't physically perform those activities, the memories are still there.
I'm so glad that in many senior care communities, and assisted living communities, jigsaw puzzles take front and center When I worked at a retirement community for 12 years, I would see residents sit at the jigsaw puzzle table, intent on their search. I would leave the building in the evening, realizing there was more "work" for them to do, and for me as well. In the morning, I spotted the table once again. Miraculously, the puzzle was finished. The puzzle elves had come and worked their magic.
Yes, Marge still enjoys her puzzles. Here is a picture to prove it.