This jigsaw puzzle has been sitting on a table in our living room for a few weeks now. Griffin and I started strong with it, placing the easiest of the 2000 pieces quickly. But once the main subject of the puzzle was assembled, we were left with a whole lot of trees - acres of acres of them in the background - and our progress slowed. I've been tempted to just pick it up and put it all back in the box, since neither of us has been particularly motivated to finish it. But I just can't bring myself to do it. He's almost seventeen now, and as most teenagers do, he spends a lot of time holed up in his room messaging friends and watching YouTube. My time with him is precious, and limited. He graduates next year, then he'll be off to college, and after that he'll be away into the world. So, when we do sit down and work on the puzzle for a few minutes here or there, it's the highlight of my day. We bond over the shared frustration of SO. MANY. TREES. and question why the heck we started this ridiculous puzzle in the first place. But we also get a chance to just sit and chat. About school, about friends, about whichever silly memes and wacky videos he's seen that day. It's our time together, and I'm thankful to all those frustrating trees for giving me these moments with my kid.
Camera: Canon 80D Lens: Canon 50mm f/1.8 Aperture: f/8 Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec Focal Length: 50mm ISO: 100 Edited with Exposure X5 Shadows Cyan with additional edits in Photoshop