Chris and I are coming up on the big 30. Hard to believe that come July 18th we will have been married 30 years. How did we get here??? Well, don’t answer that one—I know how we got here!!! It has been an amazing journey that I can not imagine sharing with anyone else.
We have always celebrated our anniversary by trying to do something special. In the past years we have been fortunate enough to be able to take some pretty wonderful trips. In the early years we usually did a nice dinner out. This year Chris really wanted to do something that would be a symbol of our love and so he suggested that this would be the year that we got our wedding bands redone.
After 3o years of wear, 31 for my engagement ring, they are a little worn. The once brushed gold is now smooth. The rings are comfortable. Kind of like marriage becomes after awhile, at least for us. We have slipped into a comfortable place where we can not imagine life without the other. It is a part of who we are.
So when we went to the jeweler to talk about what we wanted to do and when I took off my bands I felt naked. Those rings have been a part of me for so long and to suddenly have them taken off made me a little sad. We debated what to do—do we just have our old rings turned in for the gold? I think we hit upon the perfect solution—-all of our rings are going to be a part of our new rings. My two will surround a new silver ring and Chris’s ring will be surrounded by two silver rings. We will be opposites but yet the same in a way. And we will still have the “old” with us as well as the new. I am very excited that we will be able to have what we hope will be the perfect rings for us.
In the meantime, though, my finger continues to feel very strange. I miss having a ring on my left hand. It just feels wrong.