We’re back in Pittsburgh after an eventful trip to Fort Myers, Fla. We had a good time and will have plenty of good memories from that trip.
One small mishap that I have to share:
On the morning of Shane’s and my first wedding anniversary, we went to the beach to swim. We were enjoying the waves, even though they were frequent and quite strong. Tossed some footballs, Frisbees, etc.
Then, Shane said something to the effect of, “Oh, crap!”
I thought that maybe he had lost a contact lens or stepped on a sharp shell. Instead, what he said next gave me a horrible sinking feeling.
He lost his wedding ring.
Slipped right off his finger! We frantically searched for it, but the water wasn’t clear, and the waves were so strong that as soon as we found an object, we got knocked around so we couldn’t get it.
We spent probably an hour, hoping and praying that one of us would happen to find it. We came back later and looked through the shells that had washed up.
I don’t know why anyone would ever try to find a needle in a haystack, but that’s what it felt like we were doing: Trying to find a tiny, shiny object in an ever-moving ocean. It could have been instantly buried under a layer of sand, it could have gotten caught inside a shell, it could have washed ashore or drifted off to sea.
Even though it’s just an object, its one of the few possessions we have that have real sentimental value. It was upsetting, as you’d imagine.
It’s likely we’ll never see his ring again. I think I’ve heard stories where people lose jewelry, and then it turns up again 50 years later. Anything is possible. I’m going to report it missing to the Fort Myers police in the off chance that some kind person finds it and decides to report it, rather than melt it down or pawn it.
In the meantime, though, we’re getting Shane a new band (in a smaller size, I’m thinking).
I found the exact same ring he lost at Zales.com. It’s a lot more than we originally paid for it–$400. Yikes. Tomorrow, we’ll go to the mall, tell them our sob story, and see if we can get a better deal. As much as I want him to have the same ring, that’s quite a bit of money and more than Shane wants to pay. Still, we can afford it. We have a bit of money left over from the trip, we received some money as an anniversary gift, and some money this blog has earned.
I’m going to shop around, haggle like never before, and pray we can get a good deal.
What would you do in our situation?