Woman finds lost wedding ring more than a decade later – in an uncanny place

2017-08-17 15:15
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A Canadian woman made a startling discovery when she was picking carrots in the family garden – and found a diamond ring tightly wrapped around one of them.

Colleen Daley found the tastefully accessorised carrot on the family’s farm in central Alberta, Canada, on Monday.

Colleen had no idea at the time that the ring belonged to her mother-in-law, 84-year-old Mary Grams.

“It was pretty weird-looking,” Colleen told the Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC). “I’ve never seen anything like that.”

Mary had lost her ring 13 years ago while she was working on the farm. It was the ring her late husband, Norman, had given her when he proposed in 1951. When she lost the ring, Mary was afraid that Norman would be angry at her, so she only told their son about it.

The two of them searched frantically for the wedding band. “We looked high and low on our hands and knees. We couldn’t find it. I thought for sure either they rototilled it or something happened to it,” she told CBC. “I cried so many times.”

Their search was unsuccessful and Mary decided to opt for plan B. “I finally went to the jeweller and bought a cheap ring. I only told my son, nobody else.”

Norman, still unaware that the ring his wife was wearing was not the one he’d bought her, died five years ago, shortly before what would have been the couple’s 60th anniversary.

Now, more than a decade after it went missing, Mary has her precious ring back and has learned her lesson. “If I’m going outside or anything I’m going to put it in a safe space. That’s what I should’ve done.”

Other tales of lost and found

- In 2011 a Swedish woman found her lost wedding ring after 16 years.

Lena Paahlsson was pulling carrots in her garden when she made the discovery, BBC reports.

Lena had removed her ring 16 years before to bake with her daughters and left it on the counter where they were working. But somehow her ring vanished. The family even removed the floor’s tiles during renovations in the hopes of finding it, but to no avail.

That’s until Lena went carrot-picking and there it was. “The carrot was sprouting in the middle of the ring. It’s quite incredible,” her husband, Ola, told local Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

- Three years after an 82-year-old man lost his wedding ring, he also found it on a carrot.

According to news site UPI, the German man lost his wedding band in his garden shortly after he and his wife had celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

His wife reassured him that he would find it and he did – six months after her death.

Sources: CBC, The Guardian, BBC, UPI

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