when i posted this picture on instagram, tara asked for the story behind each ring- and i try not to disappoint tara. so here it is, though it isn't terribly romantic, i'm afraid. don't worry, i think it ends good.
i don't like surprises: i picked the rock out. i wanted simple simple simple. i wanted it smaller but grant convinced me to at least make it worth buying. i didn't even let him do something special to propose. it was sized, he picked it up, and then i wore it. the begging me to marry him had been going on for a while (wink), who needed a big cheesy scene now? i did love wearing it though. and loved my hand even more when the solid band was given to me in the temple. things were always so passionate between grant and i during our dating and engagement, i didn't know that someday those cheesy moments would mean a lot to me if i'd have allowed them. i thought the crazy passion would last forever.
the anniversary band of diamonds is even less romantic. in the early days of our marriage i did a lot of house cleaning and nannying and one of my employers worked for a jeweler. she found out i had sewing skills and asked if i could do some custom bedding. cash or ring? she asked. i said cash, but she said, just try it on. i was smitten. ok, ring it is. i got my own anniversary band! i hadn't even been married a year! i really shouldn't have done that. how wonderful to earn, through years of satisfying my man, a surprise reminder that i was still worth the eternal circles on my finger in all their symbolism? i should've taken the cash. and waited.
i've learned at last the importance of romance. i saw the g ring at urban outfitters and had to have it. the other three rings meant i was married, committed eternally. the g means: and i like it! he is amazing and i want the world to see that letter and think she belongs to him not just someone. that gesture of romance felt a little like making it right- and it only cost me eight bucks! i'm going to wear it tomorrow, with my other beautiful rings, as we eat at our favorite breakfast spot for an early valentine's day celebration. (yep, and every day after that).