Ring-A-Ding-Ding! #socs

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Mary and I don’t wear our wedding rings, and haven’t for some time. Mary stopped when she found that it interfered with her knitting, while mine shrank. Or something like that.

I had faithfully worn my wedding ring for over ten years. In that time, my finger grew and the ring started digging into it. One day I was at my brother Jim’s house, and asked his wife Lisa, who’s a jeweler, if there was anything she could do about it. She took one look and said “oh my God, we have to get that off of you before you lose your finger.”

She went off to get her tools, and Jim gets me a beer. “You’re going to need this” he said. She came back with a little coping saw. She ran the saw under the ring, next to my finger, and started sawing. It took her a while, but eventually she cut all the way through it. Turns out my finger had grown two ring sizes. She was great, found a chunk of gold and welded the whole thing back together. I really appreciated that.

Naturally, after she did that, my finger started swelling up again, so I took it off and haven’t worn it since.

I saw a picture of King Charles III, and noticed that his fingers are so swollen that his ring hardly fits. Hope he finds someone to saw it off his finger…

Linda runs Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Now a word from Wisk laundry detergent. No more ring around the collar!

39 thoughts on “Ring-A-Ding-Ding! #socs

  1. Oh, my, that’s so fortunate that you were able to get your ring cut off before you lost a finger! There has been much debate about what’s wrong with the Kings’ hands. I hope he does get that ring off before he loses his finger – it looks very uncomfortable. I suppose that he can’t even feel it anymore? That commercial brought back memories of my mom using it. I Googled Whisk…on eBay people are selling the discontinued bottles of it. Imagine that. That jingle was so catchy.

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  2. I worse my ring the whole time I was married but my husband, at the time, didn’t. He said it felt weird. For some reason, I was hurt by that…maybe the youth in me but I think there was more to it. Now, my current hubby told me that, when we do get married, He will wear his only when we go out and I am fine with that. He does so much work around the house i would want him to have an injury.

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    1. I can see the sentiment behind wearing your wedding ring at home, but it’s really a good idea to take it off when you’re doing cleaning projects, or it might fall down a drain or get macerated by the garbage disposal….

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  3. When we were first married, I was the only one with a wedding ring. At that time, not many men seemed to wear wedding rings. Not long after we were married, I took my wedding ring off one day while I was doing some housework and then forgot to put it back on when I went out later. When I came home later that evening, our answer service was flashing and before I could listen to the messages the phone rang again. I received dreadful news that Robert had been in a road accident. Ever since I have been slightly paranoid about wearing my wedding ring, especially if I take a foot out of the house. After he recovered, Robert decided he wanted to have a wedding band as well.

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  4. I’ve worn my wedding ring for 45 years and I never take it off. I’m so used to wearing it that 99% of the time I don’t even notice it’s there. But when I went to the hospital for my cataract surgery, they told me I had to take it off. I didn’t ask why, but it seemed weird. I feel sort of naked without it.

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    1. All I can think is that it might interfere with some of the equipment they use, but you’re right, it is kind of strange. Maybe your hand swells up and you wouldn’t be able to get it off. I’d be interested to know, if you talk to the doctor…

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  5. Same! That’s what happened with my engagement ring. I saved that story for another post so I could stream along today but I will never forget when it had to be cut off my finger! Beware of shrinking rings, they will get you. lol

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    1. It’s pretty common, actually. It’s a nice symbol but not all that necessary, I don’t think. A friend of ours once said that there was no way people would look at Mary and me and not know that we were married. I’m sure some spouses need the reminder sometimes…

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  6. Good thing your ring came off that time without much trouble besides the saw! Rings are kind of dangerous at times, like at work. My uncle lost his finger when his wedding band got caught on something while at work.
    Oh yes, that Whisk ad I remember well. 🙂

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    1. There was a baseball pitcher named Cecil Upshaw who was walking down the street with some friends, and decided to jump up and touch an awning. His finger got cught and while he didn’t lose it he was never the same afterward.

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  7. I don’t think my husband ever had a wedding ring – we were on a tight budget. And mine fell off after I lost weight and kept meaning to have it resized. I’ve been 23 years without it, so I probably won’t bother now.

    I’m glad you kept the finger!

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  8. We don’t wear ours either…mine for the same reason as you and hers…she just can’t wear any type of ring long…

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      1. No we are not… the biggest reason I don’t wear mine other than being too small…I was working on computers at the time and smashed it to make it even tighter.

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  9. I had to have a ring sawn off once when pregnant and then resoldered after our sweet baby girl was born, and well worth it. this proves prince Charles is not only a prince, he is a human )

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  10. We don’t wear our rings either for the same reason. I thought about having mine resized because I truly do love them both. We are still happily married regardless of sporting a ring.

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  11. “oh my God, we have to get that off of you before you lose your finger.” I can’t imagine her face as she said this. Yours either, come to think of it.

    My husband never wore his ring and it was one of those stupid issues I decided to fixate on in my younger days. Something about love/commitment/other nonsense that has nothing to do with jewelry. In an ironic turn I stopped wearing my ring about ten-ish years ago unless I’m going to an event where jewelry works. Just didn’t make sense when I was chasing kids and cleaning things all day. God’s got a funny sense of humor.

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    1. I admit that when she brought the saw out, I was a little nervous, but she was really careful and it came off without bloodshed.

      Good idea: keep the jewelry for dressy occasions and don’t wear it otherwise. Much less to worry about it that way.

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  12. My wife took hers off for so many activities, she just stopped wearing it. She cut mine off with a Dremel and a tiny abrasive wheel. She has both tucked away somewhere. Like you and Mary, we’re still married. Happy Saturday!

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  13. Nice work, John. Thanks.
    My Beloved Sandra and I are wedding bracelet people. After hanging out 1:1 for just under 3 decades, we got actually married a few years back. One of her daughters performed the ceremony on a Maine beach. If my wrist starts to swell, I can just unclasp.

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