These numbers could be for better … or worse

wedding ring dear christine dilemma


A woman gets married. It’s the second time around for her but the third trip to the altar for her new husband. After a partnership of ten years she is left with one friendly separation, the inevitable divorce of two people and a set of wedding rings which have been up the aisle three times.

Apart from all the numerical stats included in this ‘Dear Christine’ letter (compliments of a popular column in one of our local newspapers seen today aka I couldn’t resist taking a photo to share) the most interesting fact is that this one man married three women with the same two rings … which he now wants to be returned to him.

I was never good at numbers and so have no idea how 1 + 3 = 2 but think it may have something to do with a girl being poorer (in returning the rings) and the man richer (in receiving the rings – again).

If you were this woman:
what would you have done? Would you have accepted the rings or insist on new ones? If your fiance refused to buy you new rings would you still have married him? If you didn’t find out until after you were married that the rings weren’t unique to your relationship would you keep them or return them? Would you have written a similar letter to your local newspaper?

If you were the man in this scenario:
would you seriously have offered your bride-to-be a previously worn set of rings? And if ‘yes’ would you have told her???!!!!!

If you were the columnist:
what kind of advice would you offer here?

I can’t wait to read your comments 🙂

NB: Click on the link to see more interpretations of this week’s WordPress Photo Challenge – ‘Numbers’ 



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Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

3 thoughts on “These numbers could be for better … or worse”

  1. I would have been most offended in having to accept rings from the second wife in the first place. That should have sent a warning signal at the time. If it were me I would carve three notches on the inside of the ring before returning it. As well as making me feel better it may also give a bigger signal to the fourth wife.

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