to me, and I thought I would share it with you all. There really is nowhere else I can put my feelings down without making my family members upset, so here goes. Friday night I was leaving the house to take JH to his mom for a visit. He is my four-year-old grandson. I reached into my jewelry box to put my rings on, as I do not wear them at home due to being in bleach in the daycare on a constant basis. I noticed that three of my rings were missing, three of them. An anniversary band worth a couple thousand dollars, and two gold bands, one of them being my wedding band. I have been married since 1983, and that small 2mm gold band means a lot to me. The anniversary band has five diamonds in it, and was given to me by RJ in 1994. This ring alone was worth at least $2000. The other gold band was my husband’s gold band, that does not fit his finger anymore. So, all of these rings have sentimental meaning for me, and I am quite devastated. Sigh!
I searched around my dresser, which the rings have been known to fall out, because sometimes I am in a hurry and do not make sure they are secure in the box. It has a front opening door, and I generally open that door and lay them on the floor of the box. Well, I didn’t find them. We were on a time crunch, so we had to go on and leave to take JH the one hour drive to his mom. I went over the last time I had actually worn the rings, which would have been the 1st, a full week earlier. I then had to think of who would have actually had the gall to reach into my jewelry box, in my bedroom and take three rings. I couldn’t fathom my son doing it, or my daughter. My son’s gf who is living with us at the moment is a possibility, but still that is a stretch. I decided perhaps my grandson who is just four took them to play with them. Afterall, he has zero clue of their worth. Sigh!
We dropped JH off, and headed straight home. I went through every single item sitting on my dresser, and that was quite a few things. When I get busy, I tend to start stacking things. I mean to go back and sort all of the things out at one point, but it sometimes takes me a while. So there were stacks of clothes, papers, and magazines. I had recently put a lot of the clothes into the closet on hangers, which presents another issue. The closet is full top to bottom with clothes, filing cabinets, and Rubbermaid tubs of pictures from over the years. I also have two large plastic boxes of memorabilia from my mother’s house. In other words, the closet would take hours to disassemble, and I didn’t have time for that. I shook out every magazine. I went through the drawers directly under the jewelry box, and looked under the dresser. Took the bed apart to look under there, and under the mattress. I had zero luck finding these rings. I did ask my son and his gf if they took them, because neither of them work, and of course the money would be nice. Neither of them appreciated me asking (accusing) them. My son totally freaked out to be quite honest. He has had a history of pawning things, and I was concerned that maybe he had pawned it. His gf is on probation due to some old issues she had, and basically has not had the funds to pay the fines for those charges. The charges are up to $3000 now, and of course she could use the money on that. They swear they did not take them. That leaves JH.
We picked JH up yesterday, and I took him to the jewelry box to ask him if he had taken the rings to play with. He said he had taken them, and put them down a vent in the central heat and air unit. We could not find them in any vent though, so I just don’t know. I haven’t made a police report yet, because what if JH did take them to play with. He is only 4, and he doesn’t know anything about the value if jewelry. He isn’t really old enough to punish, because he may have just made it up. He is not mature enough to understand the importance of telling us the truth. He lives in make believe land most of the time. That leaves me with no real answers. No real plan. No wedding band, no anniversary band. Very sad day indeed. So now for the rest of my life I am going to be on the lookout for these rings in my house. I pray with my entire being that JH was indeed playing, and that I will just happen up on these rings while I am cleaning. Goodness me! 🙁