Last week I talked about the days that try women’s souls. This week, as you already know, those days are still here and it’s puzzling in more ways than one. These are the things I’ve found puzzling this week. They are completely unrelated except for the puzzling to me part. Being of the “high risk” variety, I’ve been in the house for a very long time, I feel no further explanation is necessary. Please consider yourselves warned.
Online “Tests” ~ Facebook has a plethora of online “tests” and with not much else to do, well, I took one. It was a Disney test and since Disney is a synonym for fun, I decided it would be. Fun, that is.
It’s title: This In Depth Personality Test Will Reveal Which Disney Character You Are With 100% Accuracy. That was the title, so no real title; but still I thought, why not? Women who took it before me were coming up as Moana and Elsa and Anna…you know, Disney Princesses…pretty, human, Disney Princesses. I assumed that I, too, would be a Disney Princess. I assumed that I would come up as Merida from Brave. After all, I have the heritage and the hair, so I assumed this was a safe assumption. I assumed it, but I was wrong and my mother’s words about what happens when we assume resonated in my brain, almost literally. So, which Disney character am I? Not Merida. Not even the Little Mermaid. Heck, I wasn’t even a person. So, which character was I?
I was Pumbaa, the fat, farting, laid back warthog. Yup. I took the test 3 times just to make sure. Came up as Pumbaa every time. Puzzling? Indeed. Funny, but puzzling.
Face Masks ~ I can understand wanting to wear one if you are standing close to a farting warthog, but do we really need them? Some states say you have to wear them everywhere; some states don’t require them, but people wear them anyway. Initially, we were told that you should wear one only if you’re sick. Then we were told you should wear one whenever you’re in public. Initially, I heard that they won’t prevent you from catching the virus; now, supposedly, they help. So, I guess they may not necessarily help, but they don’t hurt? Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against people wearing face masks. In fact, I’ve made a few dozen for my family, but still the information out there is more than a little bit…puzzling.
Puzzles ~ In the more literal sense, people are puzzling now more than ever. I’ve always enjoyed puzzles and now I enjoy the fact that I have the time to do them. I mostly do them with my granddaughter, who also enjoys them, most of the time. We’ve done a bunch of Disney puzzles together and she has recently done a Lion King puzzle with her Nana’s Disney character in it. We’ve worked on a 1000 piece puzzle of The Wizard of Oz, which was daunting until I got some big, flattish-type boxes for sorting. But, when I pulled out an older puzzle that I’d had for years and had never done, Madyson looked at it and told me to put it back in the box. (If she took that Disney Character test, I’m pretty sure she would not come up as a laid back warthog.) Every single piece of this puzzle was exactly the same size and shape. Not only that, but the background is almost all the same color.
I thought the duck was pretty and decided it would be a fun challenge. Madyson decided I was crazy. There were times I thought she might be right, but I persisted. There were times when I wanted to give up; but I’m reading a book about Winston Churchill, (The Splendid and the Vile by Erik Larson, excellent book!) and his words rang in my ears, “We shall not flag or fail. We shall go on to the end.” And so, I did. It took a few weeks. And, when it was done, I took it apart and put it away, never to be seen again. Ever.
Which brings me to this conclusion, life will always have aspects to it that will be puzzling to us, but we need to “go on to the end.” Some puzzling things need to be put away in a drawer and, hopefully, never be seen again. There are things we will never figure out and that’s okay. The puzzling things? Well, they’re really not that big a deal.
“Ah, Lord God! It is you who has made the heaven