I have retired my wooden pinky ring as of this morning, and like everything else, there is a story behind it. Things come and they go, just like they do with everyone else. I’m always buying jewelry and losing it, mostly things from the Ren fair, oddly enough, so I’m not blind to when something is “just not jelling” even if I think it’s cool. But my ring, I thought, was safe. Not so.
My pinky ring is wooden, so it comes off for showers and washing my hands, then goes right back on again. It also stays in my pocket when I’m working in the dirt for the same reason. It’s not like it sits on my hand and stays there, so really, it’s remarkable that I’ve managed to keep it for so long. I’d been having the hardest time the last couple of weeks keeping track of it, and this Friday, I lost it in the span of thirty seconds when I changed from long pants to shorts. Honest, it was thirty seconds. The keys made it, the wallet made it, the truck fob and phone made it. The ring . . . did not.
Over the weekend, I looked everywhere for it, even outside by the doors and in the driveway, thinking I had it in my pocket and it slipped out when I dug my keys out. Nothing. Like I said, I lose stuff all the time, and I usually just let it go, but this was my ring, darn it. I could buy another one, but it bothered me that it was just sitting somewhere, lost and becoming dirty and tarnished.
This morning, I woke up and told Guy that if it was time to lose it like everything else, then I accept that, but that I wished I could find it just so I would know it was safe. Before I finished my cup of morning tea, I found it in the middle of the floor, chewed by puppies and broken. I could have cried, but they were happy tears, not angry or sad. I’d already let it go, and now I had the peace of knowing at least where the remnants were.
My broken ring is now safe in the jewelry box that my grandfather made for me. And that is where it is going to stay. You don’t have to hit me over the head with a 2X4 to get my attention, but sometimes, it helps. -grin-