65-year-old Paula Walter lost her wedding ring back in 1983 and recently found it in her garden – just in time for her 40th wedding anniversary.
Devon, United Kingdom (14 September 2020) – In 1983, Paula Walter was outside playing with her son. They were playing catch and in a tragic twist on a sunny afternoon, she realised her wedding ring had flung from her finger and gone missing in the garden.
The family searched high and low and never found the wedding ring. They even brought in a metal detector to try and locate it in the garden.
The ring never left Paula’s heart but life carried on. In fact, decades past and now in 2020 (37 years since the ring was lost), the family have found the wedding ring. Every time the family would venture outdoors, Paula would encourage the kids to look for the ring.
The couple got married on the 28th of August 1980 and 2020 was their 40th wedding anniversary. Thankfully, the ring reappeared in the garden, just before they were due to celebrate.
“My house backs onto woodland and I thought possibly that the ring flew in there. I thought it was gone forever,” recalled Paula. “Over the years—whenever we’ve been in the garden or out there—I’ve always said ‘have a look for the ring,’ but we never found it.”
Paula had dug up the garden many times in search of the missing ring but never had any luck. She hired landscapers to fix up the garden and when they arrived, she told them to keep an eye out for it while working.
“They called me out into the garden a while later saying they had a surprise for me and then handed me my wedding ring,” she exclaimed. “It was in the garden where I was standing and where I had been playing ball with my son all those years ago.
“I was so shocked, but incredibly grateful. It’s wonderful to have it back.”
While the landscaped garden was meant to be a gift, the real gift was having her ring back after all those years.
Have you ever lost something and then found it years later? Let us know in the comment section.