The email starts off like this: “My wife and I have been married for two years, and she’s been after me to resize my wedding band for almost that whole time. I’d really like to make it to three years…” You can’t let an opener like that go by.
I contacted the man and asked him to describe the situation — what was he doing when he lost it, where was he, etc. Turns out he was out weeding in his yard and midway through, noticed that his wedding band was gone. He was pulling up weeds and placing them in a pile, which he then put into a trash can.
After he realized the ring was gone, he searched all the likely places and even borrowed a cheap-o metal detector to try and find the lost ring, but no luck. I came over on a Sunday morning and rechecked the areas he had searched. We started with the weeded areas, checked the weed pile, and lastly checked the trashcan. I found the ring under the “weed debris” that had been in the can. Husband and wife are both happy and the third year looks solid!