Intro: For Father’s Day this year, we decided to do something a little different. One of our customers Susanna S., shared a heartwarming story about doing puzzles with her father both as a child and later in life as he battled cancer. Thank you for sharing your story, and we hope to hear more like this from other puzzles fans out there. Enjoy!
“I remember my dad showing me how to do jigsaw puzzles when I was really young. Sometimes he’d sit and work with me a bit but for the most part they were a solitary activity. Somehow over the years they became an occasional activity.
When my dad was undergoing cancer treatments at MD Anderson, we would see puzzles in nearly every waiting area. Occasionally I’d work on one alone, with another patient,or their family. My dad wasn’t able to sit or lean forward for long periods of time but he enjoyed being a ‘backseat driver’ saying ‘why don’t you try that one there’ or ‘no, over there, turn it around – there!’
This is my 2nd Fathers Day without my dad. He passed in December 2011, about 9 months after my mom. I found myself buying a lot of puzzles last year as the fall and winter holidays approached. I needed something to focus my mind and remembered puzzles had been a great escape yet still kept my mind focused on a challenge. I started buying quilt themed puzzles since I loved quilting, then wandered to landscapes and nostalgic scenes, then to puzzles that just reminded me of my family and simpler times. I had forgotten how great puzzles were!
Since June means Father’s Day, I started going through my puzzle stash and pulling out ones that remind me of my dad. I started early since most of my puzzles are 1000 and 500 pieces with a few at 300 pieces. 1000 and 500 pieces are great sizes for a couple or family to work on together but for just one person it’s a lot of puzzle for one day! I’m probably doing a month of Father’s Day!
(Here are some of the puzzles Susanna shared with us)
Just looking at them brought back memories. My dad loved country music, old cars(1950’s mostly), and building stuff with wood in his shop. Country music is the only interest of these 3 that we share!
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