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auntie becky

i bought my future husband's nephew a boat load of puzzles today for his 4th birthday. and to be totally honest, i've never felt comfortable buying anything for anyone under 21. but, i can honestly say i think i'm starting to feel like an aunt again..


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Feb. 6th, 2005 10:06 am (UTC)
Any ones of new harbor, maine?
I think puzzles are a great present.

You should disguise the covers and see how he fairs. Showing the solution on the front of the box is a relatively new thing (well, they started doing it regularly shortly after WWII). But I think it detracts from the experience.

Personally, I take one look at the puzzle cover when I'm about to do one, and then I dump the pieces on a table and stuff the cover under the couch. So at least I kind of know what I'm doing, but I still don't know where everything is.
Feb. 6th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Any ones of new harbor, maine?
this kid is amazing..

i never really 'got' the whole puzzle thing until this little guy & i started doing them together. there's a whole zen to it that i never understood before. it's a strange and magical thing when a 3 year old and a 38 year old can work together in complete silence and harmony, striving toward a common goal. and this kid is doing everything from kid-adult difficulty puzzles..and he rarely, if ever, looks at the box for reference. funny you mentioned that. the true test would be mixing 2 or more different puzzles together. hmm.

Feb. 7th, 2005 01:15 am (UTC)
Re: Any ones of new harbor, maine?
Mixing two puzzles would be pretty hardcore. In all honesty I occasionally have to give up on some puzzles. Black and white ones especially. If I spend like an hour a day and am only getting two pieces each day, after a month or so I will just dump it back into the box. Regretably, but it's for my own good.

Doing them with another person is nice. It is interesting to almost silently work on them with someone else - you're in two different worlds, but still connected for a common cause. And you can share in each others little joys of finding good connections. and stuff.

I've heard that our president likes to do jigsaw puzzles in order to unwind. That's probably the only thing I like about the guy.
Feb. 6th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC)
Ain't Aunt/Uncle-hood grand? :)
I *adore* my stupid nephews and beautiful niece and I've got a bit of a tradition with them: every year, their dumbass Uncle Rick sends em a book of some sort (it's usually themed across all the kids). Sooo, howzabout a kid's book for your new nephew? :)
Feb. 6th, 2005 04:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Ain't Aunt/Uncle-hood grand? :)
aw. unka'rick, that's so sweet.
i love how we opt toward the more cerebral gifts.
no mega, super soaker, glow in the dark water pistols
for us, nuh uh. that'll rot the kid's brain..
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