Meadville Tribune

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April 9, 2013

Returned ring a testament to goodness of human spirit

MEADVILLE — The daily rush of our selfish lives has a way of undermining the fact that there are still some amazing personalities that touch our lives in ways we least expect. Some of these actions go well above the ordinary and speak volumes of character not often experienced in this age of “what’s in it for me?” This is a story of two individuals whom obviously live their lives in a far different fashion.

I am a provider at a local health care facility. Besides doing what I love on a full-time basis, I also like to get my hands dirty rehabbing old houses. Last spring, while recovering from knee surgery, I spent my every spare moment painstakingly stripping a hundred years worth of paint from our bedroom’s five windows and three doorways. In the fall, my husband, Doug, and I were repainting both inside and out a community eyesore. As a result, I frequently have rough, dry hands. Even though I often wear gloves in both of my lines of work, it is a constant battle to keep my hands in reasonable condition, and I go through volumes of my favorite Vitamin E cream.

Every night at bedtime, I remove my wedding ring and coat my hands thoroughly, sometimes even wearing cotton gloves to bed, just to keep my hands from breaking down. However, between the glove-wearing at home and at work and the fact I remove my ring each night for my hand-repairing therapy, I somehow misplaced my diamond ring last year.

My husband and I searched for days. Once we came to the realization in November that my ring was nowhere to be found, I reluctantly reported it to my insurance provider. I did not immediately go look for a new one as I was too upset and hoped to find the original back. However, time and projects went by, making that less and less likely.

During this same time frame last fall, I had the privilege of caring for a retired couple, Chet and Nancy Terrill, with a skin condition. It took a couple of visits to get their condition under control and by the time it was, they were both suffering a bad case of dry winter skin. Realizing it was going to be a long, itchy season for them if we couldn’t get that under control, I decided to just give them some of my wonderful Vitamin E cream. I used a tongue depressor to scoop off the top the cream into another container and provided them with the original container, so that if they decided it was a product they wanted to continue using, they had all the necessary information for doing so. They did not return, so I was hopeful they had found a solution to their dry skin issue.

Christmas and the New Year came and went as my husband and I continued building and repairing, and we finally realized the ring was not going to show up. Due to insurance deadlines, I finally began seriously looking for a new ring the week of Valentine’s Day. Having purchased the original ring from John Kerr of Jeron’s, he offered to search for a replacement at an upcoming jewelry show. It was a tough request, as the ring had been very non-traditional in format.

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