While taking a walk one afternoon with my younger children I happened to notice that the solitaire diamond was gone from my engagement/wedding ring set. Upon closer examination I realized that the prongs had become worn or loose and therefore the diamond must have slipped out at some point whereabouts unknown. You can imagine my distress!
But the distress of my children was even more surprising. At first I thought it was a bit strange for children under the age of 7 to be so upset at a ring. But then they asked a heart revealing question. "Does this mean you and Daddy will have to get divorced?"
In their child minds, the ring symbolized marriage. If the ring was broken, then the marriage must be broken as well. I assured them their daddy and I were not going to get divorced.
Lesson of the day: Regularly inspect your rings for wear!