20 August 2019

Ring Tales

Lizard and I seem to be having a contest to see who can score the most wedding ring loss and recovery adventures. Lizard currently is winning. I must confess, I don't mind if I never add another episode to my own infamous list! This is a battle I don't mind losing!

Our most recent adventure has been the closest call to date. THREE MONTHS!!! We were certain Lizard's ring was gone forever. We'd even begun looking at potential replacements.

I would love to hoist the crown upon Lizard and proudly proclaim him the Ward of the Rings, effectively putting an eternal end to the Younger Games. We're too old for this!!!

Would the termination of our ring-hunting exploits cast a fateful shadow upon our Jewel of the While? Perhaps luck might bend the opposite way next time, and a replacement ring would require purchase.

I was the first in this union to lose (and never find) a wedding ring. While working a part-time second job at a restaurant, I took off my grandmother's wedding ring to wash cutting utensils in a big, deep sink. I placed the ring on the counter right next to the over-sized spray hose that could have been used to hose a co-worker on a hot day. I finished my task just in time for yet another bus full of hungry tourists (we'd had several that day), and I was called to the front counter to help take orders. When I returned to the sink about an hour later, the eyeball-sore ring, wrapped with about three inches of skinny medical tape to keep it from sliding off my finger, was gone.

Co-workers joined me in a fruitless search. I honestly don't know if the ring went down the drain (we disassembled the drain pipe and used the sprayer to wash out anything that might have been caught inside), was taken by someone or just honestly lost. I never once took a photo of it, unfortunately, so all I have is the memory. Sometimes I wonder if my grandma will have words for me when we meet again in heaven, for losing her one-and-only wedding ring, but I'm hoping she'll take my current ring in exchange. Provided there's a way to get it to her...

Lizard lost his wedding band the year after we said, "I do." Both of our rings would unexpectedly slide off, especially while riding our bikes. His ring slid off during a trip to the La Garitas in the southern mountains of Colorado. We didn't notice until we came down from the summit of a rocky little peak. We climbed back up to look for it, then after a discouraging hike all the way back down the mountain, we searched the trailhead where we'd parked. In a last-ditch hope, we returned to the wilderness camping spot we'd stayed in the night before and actually found the ring!

The very next year, Lizard repeated the feat. Upon the summit of Columbia, he realized his ring was missing again. He couldn’t remember taking it off, so he hoped it was still at home.

When we got back to the car several hours later, someone had placed Lizard's ring on the hood of our car.

In the center of the hood, where everyone could see it. They wanted to make sure we saw it. And others who came and left saw it, too. Everyone left Lizard's wedding ring for him. And there it was, just waiting for him.

The finders could have left it on the ground. They could have taken it. But they left it in a conspicuous place, and so did everyone else who passed through that day. Lizard still wears that very ring to this day. (Except for one more little unplanned jewelry-free vacation...)

I couldn't believe the finders weren't keepers. I couldn't believe they knew to which car the ring might belong. And I couldn't believe the miracle had happened yet again.

Next it was my turn. We were riding up Waterton Canyon last summer when we noticed the key chain on which I'd placed my ring was no longer keeping the ring safe. We looked everywhere. We assumed the ring was somewhere in Waterton Canyon and that we'd never see it again. Ground deeply into the roadway, never to be the symbol of anyone's love again.

Three weeks later, I was digging through my crochet bag, which I keep in my backpack. The backpack goes up the canyon with me, but the crochet bag doesn't. I'd been working on a quilt, so hadn't crocheted in a while. There, at the bottom of the crochet bag, was my wedding ring!

I do not know how it got there. But I certainly wasn't complaining. I think I was just about the happiest girl in the world for at least a few hours!

We traveled to Grand Junction last May to spend Mother's Day with Lizard's mom. While there, Lizard realized his ring was missing.

We searched his mom's house high and low. She checked her dog's droppings to make sure Buddy hadn't eaten and deposited the ring. She went through the vacuum bag to make sure she hadn't cleaned the ring up without knowing it. We searched the car. We retraced all our steps. We searched our own house when we returned home the next day.

This time, we really did think our luck had run out. We were going to have to replace the ring. In time. It wasn't something we could worry about right away. There were too many other obligations we had to fulfill first. Like house payments and vehicle maintenance. Utility bills and insurance payments. Medical costs. That kind of thing.

Weeks rolled by. Summer was escaping. We tried not to think too much about the ring, but there was this nagging loss that just wouldn't let go. There was an aching we tried hard to ignore. Our love was still secure; only the ring was gone. But the missing ring felt like a huge hole in both our hearts.

We've been on a mission to declutter this year. I'd finished the pantry and the coat closet. I'd finished all the non-silverware drawers in the kitchen. It was time to start beneath the bed. Ugh. I'd procrastinated way too long.

And right there, in the middle of the thick carpet (which actually needed to be vacuumed, thanks to Colorado dust), was Lizard's wedding band. Once again, I have no clue how it got there, but I'm very thankful it was there.

Ever since my little ring adventure last year, I've wanted to crochet a ringtail to visually help me tell the tale. I actually would like to make a ringtail from each color of thread I've dyed. But I've yet to finish the owl project (a 3D owl from each of the 90-plus colors I've dyed) I began back in February of this year.

Until I finish the owls, one little ringtail will just have to do. I think her tail comes in very handy.


  1. Oh my gosh!!! You two are too crazy!! I am so glad the rings keep reappearing! Grandma may have a word haha!! thats crazy!!

    1. Ha ha! Thank you, Alycia! Yes, I’m sure Grandma will have words. But maybe she’ll be glad to see me, too!

  2. Geez, you sure play lose the ring a bit haha great that people found his and left it there. Sometimes things sure are found in the oddest spots too.

    1. Yes, indeed, Pat! And we’ve really been blessed to have some seriously special lost things returned! Gives me faith in humanity!


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