Finding money in an old jean is delicious, having a free plate of pudding is delightful, but you know something more delectable?
Ransom Jones; a man in Arkansas, USA got married in 1966, and shortly after he lost his wedding ring while woodworking in the home of his parents and former mayor of Murfreesboro.
Jones searched and searched for the ring, but he could not find it. He was disappointed and heartbroken to have lost his wedding ring just after his wedding. He rummaged the entire spot, even tossing items from the side door to gauge where the ring could have landed, but it was all futile.
Jones went ahead to buy a new wedding ring, but “it was not the same,” and he did not wear it much, because he was still attached to his original wedding ring.
Years came and went, and Jones was still looking for his first wedding ring, he even enlisted his children to the cause, but they thought it was all a trick to keep them busy!
However the house was sold in 2006, and alongside Jones’ hope of finding the ring, but the man still thought of his lost ring at least once a week throughout the years.
Doug cook, the man who bought the house heard of the previous owner’s wedding ring lost somewhere in the land, so he occasionally looked for it when gardening.
The breakthrough came when Doug picked up a new hobby; digging up objects with his new metal detector. Doug is a TV, stage, and events director, but due to the pandemic, a lot of his shows were cancelled, so he busied himself with this new activity.
One afternoon in late April, his metal detector hit something four inches underneath the ground. He bent down to pick it… it was a wedding ring! And engraved were the initials “W.R.J.” and the date, Jan. 21. 1966.
Doug immediately knew the ring belonged to Jones, so he called the attorney who handled the house sales, and within five minutes, he was connected to Jones.
That very afternoon, Jones and his wife, Wren went to the house and to their delight, saw the precious treasure they had been searching for all the years.
Jones was probably frozen in disbelief, because Doug handed the ring to Wren, and Wren looked at her husband, a smile playing on her lips as she asked, “do you still want to marry me?”
“I will do it all over again,” Jones emotionally answered.
Jones was touched and elated about this unexpected find, “it was quite an emotional event to recover this ring. After all these years, the ring back on my finger as of right now….I’m not a weepy kind of guy but I did over that, it’s been one of the most joyful experiences I’ve ever had.”
“The possibility of bringing that back to somebody is overwhelming. And ultimately, the value is priceless,” Doug expressed.
Doug has unearthed several other items too, including a rare 1941 sterling silver quarter, civil war bullets, and another wedding ring with “14K T Kurk” engraved on the band. He’s hoping to connect with the owner of the ring and return it.
Meanwhile, Ransom Jones returned to his house a happier man having found his lost wedding ring, better fifty five years late than never, right?
Racheal Niza-Val is a Nigerian writer and author. She seeks to use her pen to do only three things. Entertain, Educate, and Enthrall.