For once, I know exactly what it feels like to be in Princess Mary of Denmark’s satin shoes. The Australian-born crown princess’s husband, Frederik, reportedly lost his wedding ring during a scuba trip off the Florida coast. The ring was forged from the first gold nugget ever found in Greenland. A search party has been scouring the ocean floor since January, plus (attention, treasure hunters) there’s a reward for whoever finds the ring.
What does Fred’s lapse have to do with me? Mr. Authorness also lost his wedding band in January. Our search party was called off long ago. It’s either still buried under several million grains of sand at our local beach or in a hock shop. When he lost it, the first thing I thought of was Apollo 13. (I didn’t think to throttle Mr. Authorness first, ’cause that’s just not in me.)
Marilyn Lovell, wife of astronaut Jim, accidentally dropped her wedding ring down the shower drain the day the doomed ship was launched. Bad omen? Yup. Fortunately, the crew returned safely after their harrowing ordeal. And since Mr. Authorness isn’t due to orbit the earth any time soon, I think it’s best not to worry about superstitions. At least I know what to buy him for our anniversary on April 1st.
So, Mary, if you’re reading, don’t stress about the ring. It’s the marriage that’s important, not the symbol.