Sunday, February 12, 2017

a ring + a beach + a one in a million chance.


on our second day in Tulum, Mexico, we were sitting in our now, 'usual spot'. While staring at the ocean and staring at each other with goofy grins and staring at the ladies walking by topless (it was a topless beach - which I partook in on the last day - When In Rome...aimirightttttttt?! - more to come on that;). Oh and we also stared at some ladies making their significant other take photos of them prancing/posing/jumping on the beach - which I alsoooooo partook in, so lucky to have such an agreeable husband, who doesn't take a bad shot either;)

photo by Jacob:)

so Jacob's digging his feet way down in the sand - must have been the ONE minute on this trip that he wasn't wearing his water shoes (EYE ROLL!!!!;) - and all of a sudden he kicks up a ring! For the next little while we just sat there looking over this ring and wondering what its story was and questioning whether it would ever find its way back to its owner after we turned it in. Or maybe they hadn't even realized it was gone. Or maybe they were mean people and didn't deserve such a beautiful ring back. Or maybe it meant a great deal and someone out there was missing this very ring, very much.

it was a gorgeous ring. Thick gold band. It had some sort of mold of people and the tree of life all around it. In hindsight, I wish I'd taken a photo of it but then I'd be left questioning whether it was appropriate to post it...Jacob even commented that it looked like something I would love - I loved it!:). We agreed that this ring, that was so beautiful and unique, must be something really special to someone. 



we turned the ring in and were told that someone had lost a ring just 2 weeks ago and everyone had been out on the beach desperately looking for this ring, to no avail! Daniella, of Nest Tulum - who was so kind:) - got in touch with the owner of the ring immediately. The ring had been extremely missed and the owner requested our email address to get in touch. 

since then I've exchanged several emails with a woman from NYC. A woman who was heart broken to lose a ring she had received from her husband over 25 years ago. He had given her that ring for her first Mother's Day, after their daughter was born:)


jacob and I talked a lot about how we've been in a position of doing something 'nice' or turning something in to Lost and Found and when you do those things, you pay-it-forward or participate in an act of kindness, you must do so with no expectation that you'll ever be thanked. Of course, that's not the point at all. But I suppose the selfish part of me wants to know how maybe that cup of coffee I bought, for the women behind me, may have changed her day for the better! Or that ring that I turned in on the beach, belonged to a woman who had cried over it for several nights and prayed that it would somehow make its way back to her.
And in this very rare case, we got validation that discovering that ring, had really made a positive impact on someone:) It makes us both so incredibly happy to know that somehow, we lucked out, and Jacob forgot his ugly-ass water shoes in our room...and we found a ring on the beach:)

do something good today, you guys! Buy someones coffee! Hold the door! Pay someone a genuine compliment! You just never know how it could make someones day:)

xo

11 comments:

  1. Gorge photo of you. Well done, Jacob. Although, I'm sure it was easy with such a fabulous subject.

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    1. You're too kind;) Extra glad Jacob likes snapping photos as well, I'm hardly in anything but a selfie these days!;)

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  2. I love this story! :) every part of it. :)

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    1. Right!? This trip was just fun from start to finish, and this extra fun little story was just one more positive:)

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  3. Such a wonderful story. I am so proud of you both for turning the ring it. You made someone very happy and maybe realized that it's best not to wear your valuables to the beach

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    1. Thanks Joyce! Agreed! Was a fun story to be a party of!

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  4. Great for the both of you and the fortunate woman who got her ring back. It feels good yo do the right thing, doesn't it?

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    1. Absolutely! Was so fun to get in contact and hear more about her and the ring's story!:)

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  5. I have water shoes too! But only for when it is rocky or seaweedy. I call them my 'swimmies'. Chadd hates them. :)

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    1. That cracks me up!...Chadd and I are on the same page;) Although, in the Cenotes, they came in super handy for that rocky bottom!;) Good thing I love Jacob more than I hate Water Shoes;)

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