For my birthday two years ago, a long-time friend gifted me this puzzle. Looking at it, I knew
that it would be difficult, but I took on the challenge. I was determined to finish it so I could
hang it up at KDF Music Connections. I worked on the puzzle a little at a time because it
genuinely stressed my brain! After about three months of work, I was nearing the end, and it was
finally getting more manageable. I devoted one day to finishing the puzzle, and one piece was
I was so upset. My goal was to glue it together and then frame it. How could I do that with a
piece missing when one of my best personal qualities is finding a solution to a problem? I
purchased the same puzzle on Amazon and would find the missing piece! A fantastic idea until
my husband said, "The puzzle may be cut differently than yours?" I told him that he was crazy.
Why would a company do that? The replacement puzzle arrived a few days later, and I quickly
discovered that the puzzle was indeed cut differently!
So, disappointment settled in again until I came up with another solution. I would find a piece
with the same shape as the missing piece. I thought there would be several possibilities in this
1000-piece puzzle but believe it or now, there was only one piece that was the exact shape
needed. Of course, it did not match the picture on the puzzle, but it fit!
"What does this have to do with music?" you asked. Well, tune in next month for the musical
moral of the story!
Kay Darby Finch has been teaching music since moving to Southern Maryland in 1985. Her passion is working one-on-one with students of all ages. In addition to private teaching, Kay has led several church music ministries and owned a St. Mary’s County music store with her late husband, Harry Darby.