For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~Hebrews 4:12
During the Covid shutdown, many of us develop new ways to entertain ourselves at home, expanding upon hobbies and interests we've allowed to fall by the wayside, or taking up entirely new activities to pass the time.
A new activity I adopt during my homebound months is working Jumble puzzles. That's right! I love words, as you can probably guess, and I look forward to the job of unscrambling letters to form a word, and then. formulating the correct answer to the puzzle using the letter and clues from the cartoon.
You would think, after tackling hundreds of puzzles, that I would be proficient at this by now, but you would be wrong. I find that some words, even the five-letter ones, will stump me at times. Ironically, if I step away from the puzzle, and return after several moments of brain rest, the word will pop right out at me, making me feel a bit foolish for not deciphering it in the first place.
Other times, by looking at the cartoon clues, I will get the answer to the puzzle (love it when that happens!), and will figure out the words accordingly.
And when I'm truly stumped, I'm not above sneaking a glance at the answer page, at least to get the letter the word begins with.
Like I said before, practice, for me, hasn't perfected my ability to rumble the Jumble!
So, why do I continue to do them?
- Because they are entertaining.
- They work a part of my brain that wouldn't get exercise otherwise.
- I love the challenge!