If you have read my blog for a while now you will know that when me and hubby met things progressed rather quickly, I shall give a quick recap for newbies!
We met one week and Stuart proposed the next, this was in May 1995 and we planned our engagement party for the end of that year. As we were already living together we shopped together for my engagement ring and, newly pregnant, we knew we wouldnt be spending much on the ring itself as we had other priorities now.
I opted for a single set stone and loved it, it was just over £100 and that seemed like an awful lot then when we were buying baby bits too but we saved a couple of months and bought it anyway. Wearing it made me feel proud to be becoming a wife and knowing I was settling down forever, this simple piece of jewellery was a milestone in our relationship that would never happen again, the beginning of a phase of our lives together.
Having very seldom taken the ring off, only when I dyed my hair or did the dishes meant that it was the one piece of jewellery that I always had with me. Around 6 years passed and at the time I was working around 10 minutes walk away from where we lived so i would set off to work on a morning, dropping Benjamin off at school, Scott at nursery and then head to the solicitors. Winter set in and I had the cutest pair of gloves, problem with gloves is anything on your fingers (false nails, rings etc) hurt like hell so I had taken my rings off and put them in my pocket to put back on when i got to work.
I whipped the gloves off at work and put my hand in my pocket to get the rings….. GONE! Sobbing at the prospect of having lost it forever I set off searching the path I had taken and it had gone, no where in sight, I broke my heart all the way home! Whether someone had picked it up or it had fallen into some grass wasn’t obvious but either way it was gone and I had lost the thing I had been wearing every day for the last 6 years!
Why had i taken it off?
Why didn’t i just get different gloves?
Over the years now I have seen some beautiful engagement rings I would love, some astronomically prices and some a lot more modest but none could ever replace my first engagement ring and to be honest I really dont think I would ever really want to. I think if i was ever to wear another it would have to be one that Stuart surprises me with and I know that just isn’t going to happen, we have six children and always something else higher on the list of essentials to spend pennies on and I am happy with that. When the children all leave home and we have our first holiday just the two of us we will get each other eternity rings and that will be a whole new phase of our lives to celebrate together.
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