December 30, 2010

Grandma's Ruby Ring

This was my Grandmother Ruth's Ruby ring. I've written before about my Grandmother before in posts "Happy Birthday Grandma Ruth", My Missing Grandmother and other stories. From the time I can remember Grandma told me it would be mine one day. When Grandma passed away in 1985 the ring went to my cousin and I was devastated.

Grandma loved that ring and wore it every day. It personified her for me as she loved the colour red and even into her 80s she wore red pantsuits with a crisp white blouse. And topping it off - the ruby ring.

I have not seen the ring in the past 25 years. My cousin went into a nursing home a few years ago and I wondered what happened to the ring. Well, this Christmas my 87 year old aunt (my cousin's mother) joined us for a family dinner. Much to my astonishment she took me aside and pulled out the Ruby ring, saying "This was always meant to be yours when Mother died" then handed the ring to me. The tears flowed freely as I slipped the ring on my finger.

I am so grateful to my auntie and so happy to feel the strong connection to my Grandmother again.

14 comments:

Leah Kleylein said...

It's just such a beautiful ring and I'm so glad you have it now!

Barbara Poole said...

I bet it was the best Christmas gift ever. Lovely story.

Jennifer said...

What a wonderful Christmas present! That was so nice of her to follow through with your grandmother's wishes. How special.

Nolichucky Roots said...

What a Christmas blessing! I'm so happy for you.

Myrt said...

So thrilled to hear you have inherited the ring. There is no dollar value on a precious gift like this.

Myrt :)

Anonymous said...

I remember it well! She was one of my faves, always able to laugh and smile...
Nancy

Cheryl Palmer said...

Wonderful! Goosebumps...enjoy!

GeneBugGrams said...

Your Aunt is a special lady to follow up with your grandmother's statement that the ring would someday be yours. I am so happy for you and can just feel the joy having this ring brought to you.

Curious to know if anything was said about why the cousin got the ring so many years ago....?

Miriam said...

Ah, how sweet, Lorine! I also have a ring that belonged to my grandmother; see story here.

Greta Koehl said...

What a gratifying resolution to the story - so glad to hear that the ring has gone where it belongs!

Amy Coffin, MLIS said...

Such a beautiful ring! I am so happy to hear it belongs to you now. You see it's real value!

Mary said...

A beautiful ring with such meaning! I am glad it found it's way to you!

Linda Gartz said...

Amazing how a possession of our ancestors brings back their being. I have a vintage desk that I can see in photos of my grandparents' living room. My brother called its style (disparagingly) "early marriage" when I said I'd keep it. So every time I see it, I see them.
The ring will be a constant reminder of your grandma with every wearing. ( The color is so appropriate for the season too.)

Geniaus said...

"Good things come to those who wait."
I imagine that the ownership of that ring is all the more precious because you waited so long.
Enjoy the memories it brings.