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Vernacular Genres

Page history last edited by PBworks 14 years, 10 months ago

Believe it or not, my family always had a puzzle table in one of the back rooms of the house.


   No matter where we moved, the puzzle table was always there.  


      We got new furniture, new rooms, new TV's, but the one constant was that table.


         To this day the table is still at my house in Marshall, and in a bittersweet twist, my old room is now the "puzzle room."


            I'm sure we sound like a bunch of nerds, devoting an entire room to a puzzle, but it's not the activity that's important, but rather its symbolism.


         It was a symbol of togetherness, both in the sense that it was an ongoing piece of work that often took weeks at a time,


      and that it was a common place we could all come back to after all our different discourses.  


   We wouldn't all necessarily be doing it at the same time, but one of us would sit and do a little bit at a time, and eventually it was finished and signified our efforts as a team, as a family.


It was a staple of our home(s) and I think it will always be a part of ours lives, even as we go our seperate ways.



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