Ariel McRae is making waves on social media for her heartfelt post, and says that society is in need of a change. She and her husband, like most couples, get by comfortably but don’t have a lot of money set aside for extravagant purchases. They make do every month to pay the bills and eat, but they had been putting off their wedding, and they finally decided to stop waiting.
I wasn’t even thinking about rings, I just wanted to marry my best friend, but he wouldn’t have it. He scraped up just enough money to buy me two matching rings from Pandora. Sterling silver and CZ to be exact. That’s what sits on my ring finger, and I am so in love with them.”
The couple was being helped by a sweet woman, but as they were checking out, another employee comes over and says the unthinkable.
Y’all, can you believe that some men get these as engagement rings? How pathetic.” The woman went on to say that her own fiance had saved up $30,000 for her ring and was “just getting started.”
Yes, it got worse.
When she said that I watched my now husband’s face fall. He already felt bad because he couldn’t afford the pear-shaped set that so obviously had my heart and covered my Pinterest page. He already felt like a failure, asking me again and again ‘Are you sure you’ll be happy with these? Are you sure this is okay?’ He was so upset at the idea of not making me happy enough and of me not wanting to marry him because my rings didn’t cost enough money or weren’t flashy enough.
Instead of attacking the woman, she decided to nobly defend their choice with an incredible amount of grace:
It isn’t the ring that matters, it is the love that goes into buying one that is.” We bought the rings and left.
Y’all I would have gotten married to this man if it had been a 25¢ gum ball machine ring. When did our nation fall so far to think the only way a man can truly love a woman is if he buys her $3,000+ jewelry and makes a public decree of his affection with said flashy ring? Sure they are nice, sure the sentiment is wonderful and I’m not trying to cut down any of your experiences, but when did it come to all that? Why do material possessions equate love??”
She was appalled that her husband might be made to feel that he wasn’t enough because he couldn’t afford a flashy ring. They were married at the court house and exchanged rings. She proudly displayed her $130 ring set and the story went viral. Women everywhere shared their inexpensive rings and the love stories behind them, hoping that just by sharing their stories, it might make an impact.
Here I am…love of my life by my side and happier than I could ever imagine.”
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