Ali has mentioned several times over the last couple of months that she would like a ring. Oftentimes, it is said in an unbelievably endearing and wistful voice, something along the lines of:
“Mommy has a ring…and Daddy has a ring…but I don’t have a ring yet. I sure would like to have a ring too.”
We were thrilled with the idea of gifting her with something that she so very much wanted, and something that could hold a lot of sentimental value to her for the rest of her life (I still have my first “real” ring that my Dad gave me birthday somewhere around age 8 or 9…and I love it!).
However, deciding to get her a ring for her birthday was a much easier decision than implementation.
Public Service Announcement: Children’s Rings are no longer made.
Literally, they are nearly impossible to find.
We tried jewelry stores, department stores, children’s stores, accessories stores, Amazon, online stores… finding a ring in a size 3 is more complicated than convincing a two-year-old that pooping in the potty is a worthwhile endeavor.
But we finally found one.
It was a pink non-real-but-also-not-a-sticker-like-most-toddler-“gems”-we-found stone set in sterling silver – a perfect compromise in between a “real” ring and a play ring.
We were so excited – we couldn’t wait to see her face of wonder and gratefulness over her dreams-come-true birthday present!
So Friday night, we eagerly got out her birthday presents – her ring, a jewelry box, and, as an afterthought, a refill pack of PEZ for her beloved Ariel PEZ dispenser.
She opened the ring first…
And looked at it like I would if I had just opened up an ugly wooden rooster with kitchen utensils sticking out of its butt.
We tried to recover the moment by hyping it.
“It’s a ring!! Just like you wanted!! And look – a pink stone!! Isn’t it beautiful?!”
Chris tried to put it on her finger:
And she immediately yanked it off, said “I don’t want it”, and handed it to Chris.
She then proceeded to open her PEZ refill packs with squeals of delight and jumping-up-and-down-and-all-over-the-living-room excitement.
Note to Ali’s Future Husband: If you want her to say yes, skip the diamonds. Just buy her PEZ.
Post-script: Ali finally decided today, five days later, that she’d like to wear her ring…She was quite proud to have a ring like Mommy…it just took a few days for her to come to that conclusion.
Post-script note to Ali’s Future Husband: If she says no, maybe she’ll change her mind in a day or five.