A Story About Foolishness Coming in Threes

Let me tell you a story.

And it starts in Target.

Shouldn’t all stories start in Target?


Anyway, a while back, so long ago in fact I am embarrassed to say exactly how long – someone smashed up my bumper while I was parked in the Target parking lot.

And I just have never gotten it fixed.  Once, I went to have an estimate done and it was so high, I just got overwhelmed.  And so, I did nothing.

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Now let’s skip ahead to this February and hubby asked me what I wanted for my birthday.  All I wanted was to have my car detailed and not have to figure out the logistics of having it done.  And so when my birthday came around, Hubby told me not only was it his plan to have it detailed but he would also take care of getting my bumper fixed.

I was elated.  It doesn’t take much to make me happy these days.

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So, this week Hubby took my car into a different place and their estimate was WAY lower – but they would need to keep the car for three days.  Which meant I have been driving Hubby’s car and he has had a rental.  It all seemed good because even with the rental fees it was still going to be half of what the other place estimated.

Except there is something you may not know about me.  Sometimes I get a little scattered brained and do foolish things.  The worse part is my foolish things seem to come in sets.

So, it is of no surprise to people who know me well, that yesterday when I went to the gym I put my wedding rings in the cup holder of hubby’s car, which I often do in my own car.  What I failed to notice is that the liner to the cup holder was missing and that meant there were holes in cup holder.

Which means when I went to retrieve my rings, my wedding ring was still there, but my engagement ring was gone.

I kept relatively calm and went and got some tools because, heck I have some DIY skills, I could totally handle it, right?

30 minutes later I knew I was not removing the console and I drove right to the Chevrolet / GMC dealer in town.

This is what really good customer service looks like.  These two gentlemen tried their hardest to get it.  We could see it with a flashlight, but we could not reach it.


It was at this point the conclusion was made that we would have to remove the entire center console, which required an appointment, which meant I had to wait till this morning to bring it back in.  It is amazing how used to having something on your finger you become.  I have been wearing this ring for nearly 20 years.

It was quite a relieving moment when I was finally able to place the ring back on my finger and drive away with the car still intact (and a replaced break light!).


So, in conclusion…

Fixing my car – $350

Rental Car – $100

Retrieving engagement ring from the center console – $100

Having my engagement ring back on my finger – Priceless

The good news is last night I wasn’t paying attention and cut my finger while cutting an avocado.  So that makes two things – so I should only have one more foolish thing in me for this round!

Oh, and thanks to Hubby for waiting till I had the ring to let me know that he was worried it could have fallen all the way through and be on the road somewhere!

Oh, and wish me luck when the car is detailed next week!

Thanks for reading!


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21 thoughts on “A Story About Foolishness Coming in Threes”


  1. Wow! So glad you got it back. I lost mine once at the pool when we were first married playing water volleyball of all things. It traveled out of the pool area into the dirt. We looked forever and didn’t find it Then about the time I was ready to give up it was in the dirt about a 6 inches from my hubby’s foot. We were sure the lone guy with the 12 pack at the pool had found it and kept it:) Sometimes I take it (mine are soldered) off in the car to put lotion on and I will be way more careful now! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Oh gosh, what a week you’ve had! I’m like you in that things always happen in threes! Hopefully your third “obstacle” will be a good one….or at least not involve any more money! Happy Birthday!~~Angela

  3. Oh my goodness, Laura. I’m so glad you found your precious ring. I believe the same as you, that things like this always happen in “three’s.” Like you, I’ve done two foolish things so far this year, and am waiting for one more whopper to complete the cycle. The first was when I got car sick with my company’s CEO in the car (an all time low.) The second is when my keys got flushed down the toilet when I was about to leave a birthday party at one of those bounce-house places. (Strongest toilets ever.) How funny is it that these things can happen to us as adults. Proof that God has a sense of humor. :o) Have a wonderful weekend, and may your third “doozy” bring you a laugh this time around.

  4. Hi Laura! We really do just have to keep a good humor about things. I think that life is just so hectic, some things (rings, or otherwise) are bound to “fall through the cracks”…. It’s no wonder we are able to hold it together at all!! Loved your story, have a great weekend!

  5. Oh girl…you make me smile and I am ever so impressed that you remained calm and collected. It is funny how something like that can affect you in ways you never thought they would. Kudos to the guys at the dealership…I am sure it made a great story for them as well! No third thing……

  6. Oh, I did that same thing a few years ago. And I cried. I took it off in the car, dropped it into a quarter-sized hole next to the console, and we could hear it in the frame! My husband cut the carpet in our brand-new car and spent his Saturday fishing it out with a homemade tool.

  7. I am so glad that you got your rings back! I have some ring stories involving three rings. Once my friend was showing me some rings in her car, handing me one after another, (she sold rings in her antique store). One of the rings dropped in my lap and we didn’t notice…so after we drove away and got out at another destination it must have fallen on the ground…and we never recovered it. It was worth $1,000.00. My friend forgave me and she got insurance to replace it.

    The next ring story involves two rings and a toilet. I accidentally knocked two rings in the toilet as I was flushing. I hurried and reached in the toilet and was able to grab the 700.00 one, but the $1500.00 one went on down…along with the diarrhea! Yuck! My husband had just left on a trip, and I didn’t know what to do. I went to the insurance guy and cried as I told my story! And after giving him my papers which told how much my ring was worth, and pictures of it…he wrote me a check. I was so sad to have lost my favorite ring…but glad to at least have money to get another one. My husband was sad for me and not made, but friends said I should have had someone take the toilet apart. I had no idea how to do that…nor did I think it would still be in there anywhere.

    And then the third story is when I had gone to the ladies room at a restaurant and had washed my hands. When I got back to the table my hands felt dry so I took off my ring to put lotion on and while I was rubbing the lotion in, the waitress brought our plates of food and set them down and it covered the ring without me noticing. Yup…I left the restaurant without my ring….and when I called back from home, they said it was not found. I got insurance money for that one too. But I don’t take my rings off anymore!!!!!

    So, I do understand how things like that happen! (:>)

    Linda @ Truthful Tidbits

  8. Laura,
    I do believe things happen in threes, but also believe that sometimes one of the three is so minor we keep waiting for the last one.
    My ring story is the gold, onyx and diamond ring my wife got me shortly befor we married. While cleaning the deck for repainting I bumped it and the ring fell off my hand. It had broke in one spot and bent in another and fell to the step. If it had happened a minute sooner or later it would have hit the ground and I would not have noticed. I am afraid like your bumper it is still awaiting repair.


  9. What a smart and caring husband you have to choose not to tell you it could’ve fallen all the way through. Talk about feeling sick and not being able to sleep all night waiting for your morning appointment! So glad everything turned out okay. 🙂

  10. I am so happy that you retrieved your ring! It reminds me of an old “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy thinks she’s lost her wedding ring in the cement she and Ethel used to cobble together a barbecue in the back yard. That had a happy ending, too!

  11. I’m glad everything turned out well…you kept your wits about you and I don’t know if I would have done that. I tend to call hubby crying a lot! Now, be sure not to walk under any ladders or cross the path of a black cat (is that how it goes?)!!


  12. I have the ultimate lost (and found!) ring story: About 15 years ago I fell in love with a diamond ring, but couldn’t afford it. This was around the time Ebay was first introduced so I spent months selling all my old junk so I could raise enough money to buy it, and after lots of listing and packing and shipping I finally did! And the first week I wore the ring I went to Disneyworld and after the big SPLASH on Splash Mountain I shook my hands to get the water off and my ring went flying off to who knows where–I thought for sure it went in the water! Well I went ahead and filed a lost report at Disney never thinkiing I’d see it again. But lo and behold about 6 months later I got a call from Disney saying that a maintenance man found it in the bushes and turned it in, and they Fed Ex’d it to me!! I sent that guy a $100 thank you check and will forever believe in Disney magic 🙂

  13. Your Blog is a JOY JOY JOY!!! Thank you for your posts! You are REAL and I LOVE it!! And you care about your family with all of your heart. I feel it when I read your posts and I can feel you love being a Momma 😉 If I could meet ya I’d give you a big hug! 😉 Thank you for taking the time to post for us all to read, and become bette people! 🙂

  14. Too funny, Laura! You tell a great story! I lost my wedding bands once years ago, panicking because I thought our 2-year old had taken them from my bedstand and dropped them down the furnace vent! When we asked if he’d seen Mommy’s rings, he kept pointing at the vent and nodding his head! I was so distraught. The next day, I had put our bedding in the dryer after washing it and heard this “clunk, clunk” sound from inside the dryer. I said a quick prayer, opened the dryer and shook out the sheets. My rings fell onto the floor! I sat down right on the basement floor and cried a few real tears while putting my bands back on my finger. I didn’t take them off for YEARS after that! I’m so glad you were able to retrieve your ring. Irreplaceable to be sure. Hope all is well with you! Glad I stopped by your blog this evening. Take care! Just B 🙂

  15. Glad you got it back. This sounds like a story on I Love Lucy . She and Ethel would be trying to take the console apart before Ricky got home. Ha! Life is funny, isn’t it? Loving your blog.

  16. Ok, this is HUGE for me to add a comment…….. BUT……just so you know…..my thoughts were the same as your hubby’s thoughts and I cannot tell you how relieved I was at hearing the beautiful ending! WOO~HOO and STOP taking them off and if you have too especially NOT IN A CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Someone might steal your car!!!! So glad it’s back on your finger and shining bright like the love you share!! xoxo

  17. Oh my goodness! I’ll bet you were glad your husband didn’t tell you his fears until you found your ring! Someone Special was looking out for you, thank Heavens you found it. I hope it doesn’t come in 3s for you…
    Debbie 🙂