“Finishing what you start.”

Eli likes to play games on the computers at the library.

Yesterday was his 3rd time to get on them, so he knew the routine. He played a few regular puzzles first on the easy setting.

The first puzzle was together in a little over 2 minutes.

His had eye coordination working with the mouse improves significantly every time he does it.

After about the 4th puzzle he is is down to just under 1 min, 30 seconds putting together each puzzle and I can sense that he’s getting bored.

He looks at me and says he wants to do the “skeleton puzzle.”

So I opened up the game with the human body puzzle. There are a lot of parts including bones and organs.

Last time we were at the library he got frustrated with it. There are a lot of parts and some of them are very small requiring a pretty high level of accuracy with the mouse. I had to explain a lot of the body parts to him and where they go.

So, I was interested to see how much he remembered and if he would get frustrated by it again.

He remembered just about every organ except the kidneys.

By the time he had 5 or so pieces left, his hand was getting tired.

He rested his hand in his lap and let out an exasperated sigh.

I asked him if he was all done and he immediately put his hand back in the mouse and said, “No. I gotta finish this first.”

After a little bit of help, he completed the puzzle, put his hands back in his lap, let out another big sigh, and said, “Ok. I think it’s time to go home now.”


So we checked out our books and headed home.

What I was most proud of, more than his developing motor skills and impressive memory, is his sticktoitiveness. The willingness to finish what he starts.

He was asking what parts the last few pieces were and where they go. Determined to complete the puzzle even if his hand was fatigued.

Finishing what you start is not a trait I see often in 3 year olds, or even adults for that matter.

It’s a trait that I learned from my parents.

I still remember wanting to quit football. Twice. The first time when I was in peewee football and our team never won a game. Then again in high school where I randomly tried it again as a sophomore. But didn’t quit until after a full season.

I’m glad he is showing signs of this quality at an early age. Having a “no quit” attitude only gets harder as you get older.

But if he keeps going like that, he’ll be in good shape.

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