My wedding ring is a simple gold band that hasn’t been off my finger in many, many years. The only time I remember it coming off, for any amount of time, is when it broke in half and I had to have it fixed.
When you look at my ring closely, you won’t see any diamonds or engraving. What you will see are nicks, scrapes and dings. Those nicks, scrapes and dings symbolize the joy and pain from our years of marriage. They represent struggles, hopes, dreams and promises. My ring looks good when it’s cleaned and polished, but I’m more comfortable with it looking like the 21 years of marriage that we’ve built.
The simple band of gold, presented to me by my wife on our wedding day, represents so much more than a ceremony of marriage. My ring symbolizes the family we’ve built. At first just Lea and I, two young kids in love, then came the children and all the struggles that marriages and families endure. It reminds me that all the tough times in the past were worth it.
My ring reminds me I can hold her hand or touch her anytime, because she is mine. It reminds me that we’re a team and that we work better together than apart. It reminds me that I’m totally committed to her, and she’s committed to me.
The value of my ring 10k gold men’s wedding ring, purchased in 1988 when we were barely scraping by financially – $60.
Price paid to have it fixed when it broke in two pieces – $40.
Constantly having it on my hand to remind me that I’m the luckiest man in the world – PRICELESS.