February 6, 2013

Crossword puzzles likened to life challenges

At the risk of sounding weird, I’m going to make a statement: I have come to the conclusion that life is like a crossword puzzle.

I attempt the crossword puzzle in this newspaper every day, without fail. When I start out, I’m sure I have all the answers. That’s about the way it was when I was 14; I thought I had all the answers.

Then came my teenage years. Can anybody relate? So I “penciled” in what I thought were the answers, only to get stumped when the intersecting answer didn’t match. Hmm — sound like life.

So I erased that answer and came up with another one. Only problem is, even though you erase the first answer, it still leaves an impression on paper, just like life choices leave an impression on our hearts.

OK, instead of doing all the “across” answers, let’s do the “down” answers, which I liken to adult years. Sometimes we have “hints” to what the answer is because there is a correct word intersecting the word we need. Are you still with me?

I seem to have a lot more success with the “down” answers because, in some place, I have achieved the correct “across” answers, either on my own, after a lot of trial and error, or because I ask my husband. Toby is older and many times wiser than me, so he comes up with answers that never entered my mind. How many of us have gotten back on the right track in life after consulting with somebody else? But when someone gives us the answers without asking, we get upset just like teenagers do when we offer our experienced advice.

Now we come to the final results. Sometimes I have empty squares that would have been filled had I tried a little bit harder. Other times, I give up and say, “Guess I’m a little bit stupid today” when I have a headache from thinking so hard. I never look up a word in the dictionary. Not sure if that is good or bad.

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