Do you remember my wedding ring post?
A few years ago, when I decided to stop wearing my wedding ring, the solution for me was to start wearing Sawan’s.
Sawan actually had two wedding rings. He had the one from when we exchanged vows, and then we had bought a cheap silver band at a street fair once, because he was afraid he would lose his good one when he went fishing, but still liked to be wearing a ring. It ended up that he wore the cheap one more often then he wore the “real” wedding ring. This cheap silver band is the ring that the paramedics took off his finger when he died.
The silver one is the one that I chose to wear. It was thinner than his other one and so it fit better. It was still way too big for me; it could easily slide off every one of my fingers, including my thumb. I usually would wear another ring over the top of it, to keep it on.
One day in June, I put it on, and remembered feeling for it with my thumb on my way to work. At the end of my long day of shampooing, cutting, styling, and chores (cleaning and laundry at the shop), though, I looked down and didn’t have it on. I realized that I hadn’t put a smaller ring on top of it that morning, so it could have fallen off. I looked everywhere. I asked my friend and coworker if she had seen it, but she hadn’t. I was already late to meet a friend at a baseball game, so I didn’t have as much time to look for it as I wanted, but I was devastated. I went back to the shop over the weekend, tearing apart my station, ransacking every space that I could think of, but didn’t find it. I left a note for the cleaning people, and they also looked, and took apart the vacuum cleaner bag, but didn’t find it.
It was lost. I was so sad. I thought about it daily. It was so hard for me that I couldn’t talk about it. I told no one. The only people who knew about it were the cleaning people and my coworker.
Four months later, about two weeks ago, I was downstairs at the salon, switching out the laundry. I heard a clinking in the bottom of the washer, and as I pulled out the last of the load to put it in the dryer, my ring came out from beneath the part that swishes the laundry around in the bin. I found it!
I cried. It was just a cheap silver band, but it was another piece of him that I thought was lost from me forever, and was now restored.