On Monday, May 13, between 11:30 a.m. and noon at Arizona Internal Medicine Clinic in Payson, my mother lost three rings. The rings were removed and placed on top of a book while she washed her hands.
When finished, Mom picked up the book and walked out of the bathroom without knowing it, the rings scattered across the floor. An hour had passed when Mom realized that she had left her rings in the bathroom. She quickly left the waiting room area and returned to the bathroom hoping and expecting to find the rings, but they were gone. She checked the reception desk and even spoke with nursing staff, yet no one had turned in the rings.
As you might guess, among those missing rings are her wedding and engagement rings, these are fused together. This is the ring that matters most because in June my parents will celebrate their 54th wedding anniversary. These rings are not extravagant by today's standards, but are simple, representing 54 years of a strong commitment to keep a marriage going during times of hardship and blessing.
The other two rings seem insignificant to the wedding ring one, a family-ring with the birthstones of children and grandchildren, and lastly, a favorite silver and turquoise ring.
After the horrors of Sept. 11th, I believed that all Americans had re-learned the value of doing the right thing. That these true-life stories of heroism from Sept. 11th were a reminder that honor, courage and integrity are part of the American spirit and that when called on, we will do the right thing. In as much, that after Sept. 11th we would live our lives with a better sense of purpose and awareness. So my appeal is to the person who found my mother's rings, please do the right thing and return the rings to the clinic in an envelope marked, "For Janet."
Shirley Warren, Ojai, Calif.