Lesson In Futility

One of the items for sale in the Lighthouse where Bill and I work two days a week, is a Jigsaw Puzzle of the Lighthouse. The pieces come in a cute little pail, and I decided we should purchase one so we could work on it together in the evenings when it was raining to hard to be out and about…

Now, I’ve never been big on games and such, but I thought this jigsaw puzzle might be perfect on rainy nights, because we don’t have any TV reception here…

I don’t know whatever possessed me to think this was going to be a good thing, because I’ve never put together a jigsaw puzzle, and had no idea how frustrating they can be when all the pieces begin to look-alike, and I have the patience of a gnat for things like this. I just thought this was a small item, that won’t take up much space in our RV, so we bought it.


Well, the first thing we realized, a little too late, was that we needed to go buy some kind of board, or tray, to put the jigsaw puzzle together on. Because, if we put it together on the table, we need to be able to pick it up and move it when we have dinner or need to work on the computer…

So we went off to Walmart to purchase a cutting board to work the jigsaw puzzle on. We decided on a cutting board because I have a rule of making sure anything we put in the RV needs to serve at least two purposes… I wish I would have remembered that rule before we bought the jigsaw puzzle..

Finally, it was time to begin working the jigsaw puzzle. We spent hours here and there, spread over many days, working on our puzzle. We talked, and laughed, and had a lot of fun trying to get all the little pieces into the right positions… And, Isn’t it pretty?

What a great feeling of accomplishment and creativity it was to place the very last puzzle piece into its proper place. We stood back and admired our work with big smiles on our faces.. Then, the “big picture” sunk into my head. What are we going to do with our master piece now? We can’t frame it because we have no wall to hang it on, we don’t have a coffee table to set it on etc. .. No, it’s still sitting on the cutting board that we move from the table to the sofa and back again as needed. All we can really do with it is take it apart and put it back in the cute little pail it came out of…??

The dictionary says the definition of futility is “having little or no purpose or importance or has little positive outcome“. That’s exactly how I feel about our jigsaw puzzle right now… Ha!

Bill said “we can at least use the cutting board for the next jigsaw puzzle we buy” to which I promptly said “why would we ever need to ever buy another jigsaw puzzle when we can just keep putting this one together and taking it back apart again? He said “you’re the one that thought it would be a good, fun, thing to do” and I said “well, what do I know, I also thought it would be a good idea for us to volunteer to take down snow fences in Wyoming, and that didn’t turn out so great for us either”. 🙂 🙂

I don’t have the heart to do it just yet, but soon, I will take our jigsaw puzzle apart and put it back in the cute little pail.  I will just take pleasure knowing that the little positive outcome from this was that we had fun talking and laughing while we put our temporary masterpiece together. And that made it all worthwhile.

Stay Tuned!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Ellen Kaufman
    Jun 20, 2017 @ 21:48:23

    So cute and you had fun putting it together. Now maybe someday you can put it together and frame it or maybe not. Anyway you had fun and enjoyed the time well spent. Glad you are enjoying you stay in Oregon and before long you’ll met up with your New York photographer friend and really be enjoying Oregon. Have more fun and adventure . Love you 😘 😘❤️❤️


    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 21, 2017 @ 12:48:03

      We are having so much fun here Aunt Ellen, and yes, frissy and her husband, Bob, and two other friends of ours, will be here at the end of July. We’re going to have beach campfires, shrimp boils, and of course, lots of happy, happy, hours… Love you too. Xoxo


  2. Bill
    Jun 20, 2017 @ 22:37:47

    Well all I can say is if we aren’t going to buy another puzzle to pass the time, come on dish tailgater. Love you Girly


  3. gotham girl
    Jun 21, 2017 @ 03:31:21

    Oh my gosh…picture me cracking up…my mind totally went to those greeting cards I see every once in a while…”We’ll be friends until we’re old and senile and then we’ll be new friends!!” Well just hang on to that puzzle because it’ll be new again soon! So love you two. Keep having FUN!!! xoxoxo


    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 21, 2017 @ 12:52:05

      I figured you would get a kick out of our jigsaw puzzle experience. I will keep it, and your right, it will be new again soon… Ha! I meet new friends everyday around here that Bill keeps telling me I already met, but sometimes they look new to me… Love you, and counting the days. XoXo


  4. Karen
    Jun 22, 2017 @ 01:18:54

    Next time you’re invited to someone’s home for a meal, hand the hostess the pail and say “we so enjoyed putting this together. I hope you have as much fun.” And try to smile genuinely. You can snicker all you want in the car on the way home. 🙂


    • beyondcinderella
      Jun 22, 2017 @ 12:33:11

      Oh, that’s a great idea. I love the way you think Karen. Bill said he thought it would make a great white elephant gift at the Christmas Party that’s held every year where we host at McDowell Mountain Park in Fountain Hills. 🙂


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