Wednesday, August 6, 2008

What the Practical Wife and Mother Gets for Her Anniversary

When an anniversary rolls around many times a common gift between couples is to upgrade the lady's wedding ring. Maybe now you have enough funds to purchase a bigger and shinier diamond than you did when you were young. You're older and wiser to know what a good diamond is worth and when an eager salesperson is trying to pull a fast one on you. Well, I just did the exact opposite. I downgraded.

Ever since I quit my job to stay at home with William I've been complaining that I just don't like wearing my wedding ring around the house or even out and about town while I'm running errands. The quality of my diamond is just too nice to have it get all dirtied up while I'm playing mom. I took to wearing just my wedding band, which I love, but which, again, isn't very practical for my every day wear. It has smaller diamonds all across the top which I hate getting dirty and the band is also of a lot lower quality which has caused it to bend into an oval shape over time.

All this negative thought might get you thinking that I hate my wedding rings. This isn't true at all. They are beautiful and I wouldn't have chosen anything different had I picked it out myself. Those rings are perfect for going out or even wearing at work in the office when the dirtiest thing your hand touches is your keyboard. But stay at home for a week with a baby/toddler and you'll know what I mean about wearing jewelry. It just doesn't go together.

So this week I walked into a local jewelry store and purchased myself a very practical and plain, but also very lovely, wedding band. I've been wearing it for a day now and I don't even know it's there. Which, in my book, means it's exactly what I wanted.

Now all that's left is to get it blessed. We're hoping to do that in a couple of weeks at my sister's wedding.

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