Wow, 67 years of marriage!! That is the awesome part. Though that isn't that
uncommon in the church, it turns out a terrific way to be celebrating it. (I
loved my experience as a High Priest's quorum instructor in a ward here that
marriages into the 60 year range was in fact very common!)And that
the ring sat undisturbed in the chapel's heating vent register for years is
another amazing thing, too. That's a long time from the loss to the find and
would be anyone's difficulty in placing these two events, of lost and found,
together with a name. It is the way things work out sometimes and
as they say, "All is well that ends well!"
I love good stories with happy endings. Thank you for printing it.
This could be a lesson to all, that we should attend to the many small matters
awaiting our attention... rather than allowing the years to slip by, as so often
they do, without doing as we intended to.
Oh yes, of course it should have been returned sooner. M & N are such rare
initials after all.(sarcasm fully intended). This is actually an
amazing story. Glad to hear it was found! And I'm sure finding it so close to
your anniversary makes it even more special!
How cool is that!! Now if I could just stumble onto my class ring that slipped
off my finger 30 years ago in Whiskey Creek, Wyoming.
People being critical are amazing!! Can't you just enjoy the story! At least it
didn't get thrown away or sold etc but she held on to it hoping to figure it
out. Sometimes things just click. A few years ago I found a school ring from
1934 in my deceased mother's jewlery box. I didn't recognize the school or the
initials but kept it figuring there was a reason my mom kept it. I pulled it out
a few months ago and puzzled over it again and all at once I thought could this
belong to my uncle (married my mom's sister)? I called my cousin to see if he
knew where his dad went to high school he looked in his geneaology and turns out
it was his ring. I don't know why my mom had the ring and why after 8 years the
initials finally clicked. So does that make me bad or suspect? Phooey on you
Some of the remarks are amazing to me, people being critical that the ring
wasn't returned sooner. Maybe there was a reason for the delay. I am not sure
that I would have thought of it, some memories just fade into our lives. I am
happy that the ring has been returned to the owner. I have lost a few items of
my own and would be excited to have them again, but I know that they are gone
forever. Enjoy your precious ring!
Sorry, but I can't help but think if they were such good friends, they would
have figured out the initials before now. That should have been their first
clue in 1970. Since he never wore a wedding band after that, they could have
asked about it and mentioned they found one that just so happened to be engraved
with their initials.This story would be more amazing if found by
total strangers and returned to them. To know it was sitting in a "good
friends" jewelry box and in the neighborhood, all that time is disturbing
to me. Just because the Gold's weren't listed in the phone book is no excuse.
Ever heard of a stake directory?
I wonder what was done to try and find the rightful owner. It's too bad it took
so long, especially since they lived nearby all that time. I've heard
announcements or seen things posted in ward bulletins for things like lost keys
or scriptures. I would think someone would have heard about a Scout losing his
Dad's ring even if wards had been divided. It would have been easy to put the
word out that a man's wedding ring had been discovered. All that would be needed
is for the rightful owner to describe it. You wouldn't even need to put an ad
in the paper, just word of mouth to friends, neighbors and ward members. A
child in our ward lost his retainer at church just a couple of weeks ago. A
notice was written on the chalkboard letting other wards know who to contact if
anyone found it. Oh well, better late than never.
Another reason to get out and vote..
Aww sweet! So glad for them! Lucky that they knew each other though.
You won't read this story in the SLLIB!