Misplacing your favorite pair of earrings or a treasured bracelet usually leads to a big and panicky scavenger hunt as you hope and pray you find that precious piece of jewelry while tearing apart your room or home. But losing an engagement or wedding ring can be heartbreaking.
This symbol of love and marriage shows that two beings have become one, united together in a circle that depicts the path they’ve traveled and have yet to embark upon.
Typically, engagement and wedding rings cost quite a bit, so being unable to find it makes a person nauseous. The meaning, the memories … all gone.
Mary Grams, now 84, lost her engagement ring decades ago while pulling weeds in a garden patch at her family’s farmstead in Alberta, Canada. The poor woman believed her beloved ring was gone forever.
The diamond-encrusted engagement ring seemingly disappeared forever. Mary spent days searching for her precious ring but couldn’t find it anywhere. She looked high and low but it was nowhere to be found.
“I went to the garden for something and I saw this long weed. For some reason, I picked it up and it must have caught on something and pulled [the ring] off. We looked high and low on our hands and knees. We couldn’t find it. I thought for sure either they … it or something happened to it.”
Mary couldn’t bring herself to confess to her husband what had happened. There was no way she was going to tell him she lost the ring he picked just for her.
In fact, in the hopes of not hurting his feelings, she bought a similar looking ring and crossed her fingers that he wouldn’t notice it was different.
“I didn’t tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something.”
Fast forward years ahead to a bountiful garden at the family’s farmstead. Even though she and her family had moved, they still maintained a garden at the old farm that had been in her family for more than 100 years.
Her daughter-in-law Colleen Daley was picking produce when she pulled out the weirdest looking carrot. She held it out in front of herself and marveled at what she found.
There was her mother-in-law’s diamond ring trapped inside the carrot. The veggie had somehow managed to grow inside the ring and burst out over its edges — it had morphed into the weirdest looking carrot ever.
“I knew it had to belong to either Grandma or my mother-in-law because no other women lived on that farm. I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot. If you look at it, it grew perfectly around the [ring]. It was pretty weird looking. I’ve never seen anything like that. It was quite interesting.”
Mary couldn’t believe it when Colleen presented her with the diamond ring encrusted carrot. She was thrilled and instantly slipped it on her finger.
“I’m going to wear it because it still fits.”
Sadly, Mary’s husband passed away five years ago not long after the duo celebrated 60 years of marriage. But Mary’s sure her husband would’ve gotten a chuckle out of the saga of her engagement ring.
Have you lost something important only to have it turn up in the weirdest place?
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