My mind was trying to wrap around the fact that my “boy” was turning into a man and had marriage deep in his heart. When he first brought up the subject, I figured I had about a year to prepare my heart and mind for this big step. After all, he doesn’t graduate college until May 2012.
However, my boy wasn’t worried about mom’s time table. He was ready NOW.
One of the next conversations we had was about setting up a date for him and me to go look at rings. I couldn’t believe he asked me to go with him. I can not even put into words how honored I felt to even be asked, much less get to be there for such an important decision on his part.
The engagement is a surprise, so naturally his girl couldn’t go. And the ring was to be a surprise too, so thankfully he wanted a women’s point on view on rings and I got asked.
We ventured out. I think his girl might have wondered what was up when we set out on our “mother/son date.” She was texting the whole time we are out, so we decided to tell her we were going to eat. We surely didn’t want to keep fabricating these lies. (forgive us, Lord!)
Arriving at the jewelry store, it’s hard to describe all the emotions I was feeling — honored, excited, sad, anxious, privileged, and totally in awe of this
little boy young man. We lingered at the counter, my son wanted my reaction on a ring he had spotted earlier so I had to turn around. Then I finally heard,
“Mom, you can turn around.”
Oh. My. Word! The brilliance, shine, beauty, and sparkle — all from one ring! It’s as if that ring were highlighted from Above as my son put it in front of me. But I think deep down what was shining more was the love that this symbol represents. I’m still tearing up writing this, excuse me. There are not dictionary words to describe the beauty.
The beauty of my son’s heart.
The beauty of his girl — inside and out.
And the beauty of the ring that will symbolize their undying love.
There is something so special about a wedding ring. Do you remember the thoughts you had when you received yours? What does your ring symbolize to you?