The Ring Saga continued:
Now the search for a new wedding band began. We went to a few jewelry stores, where they all shook their heads sadly at the current state of Russ’ ring. It was cut in two places to get it off his finger, so it looks rather sad. Some stores suggested we consider upgrading, but I’m far too sentimental to even consider that.
We agreed that it was crazy to spend much money on a temporary ring, so after wandering through the mall, we finally ended up at Wal Mart (believe it or not) and for $48 we bought Russ a new ring. The young man working at the jewelry counter gave us a very strange look when we asked if they had any “cheap wedding bands.” We were pleasantly surprised to find that with the advent of new metals being used for rings, there were several attractive choices. Russ’ finger is still too swollen to wear it on his left hand, so for the time being it is on his right hand but he’ll move it when his hand feels better.
We completely embarrassed the kid when I asked him to be our witness and I put the ring on Russ’ finger saying, “Wear this ring as a sign of my love and fidelity.” Then for good measure I added, “With this ring I remain wed for another 26 years…and more.” Then we kissed. It was a very romantic Wal Mart moment. You should have been there.
On the day of our anniversary, we snuck away to a movie at 3:30 in the afternoon and then went to dinner. It was fabulous being together! After dinner we walked next door to Big 5 and bought new running shoes for each other. We’ve been needing to replace our shoes for months and although it wasn’t romantic, we hope it bodes well for a healthy, vibrant year.
Here’s to marriage, laughter, wedding bands, and growing old together!
P.S. I’ve heard this is a great book; have you read it? What did you think? I have to confess, I bought it as a gift for my dear friend and haven’t gotten a copy of it for myself. I’ve been meaning to…shall I add it to my ever-growing list?