Today in WTF, an 84-year-old grandma who lost her diamond engagement ring more than 13 years ago has had it returned to her after the damn thing turned up on a carrot.
As in, the orange root vegetable. That grows in the ground.
Mary Grams hadn’t seen the ring given to her by late husband Norman (he died four years ago, just after their 60th wedding anniversary) since it came off her finger while pulling a mighty fucker of a weed on the family farm in Alberta, Canada, back in September 2004.
Her daughter-in-law, Colleen Daley, pulled that same carrot from the ground for the family’s dinner just this week and noticed the ring was strangling something gold when she went to wash the dirt off.
She says her husband, Mary’s son, instantly recognised it as belonging to his mum.
I knew it had to belong to either grandma or my mother-in-law because no other women have lived on that farm. I asked my husband if he recognized the ring. And he said yeah. His mother had lost her engagement ring years ago in the garden and never found it again. And it turned up on this carrot.
It appears the carrot grew through and around the ring after Mary – who never fessed up to Norman that she’d lost it, instead buying a modest replacement – dropped it in the soil, keeping it safe all these years.
This is where Mary’s engagement ring was found, 13 years later – growing in a carrot in her old garden. #Camrose #yeg pic.twitter.com/8RVwqZADxb
— Sarah Ryan (@SarahRyanYEG) August 16, 2017
And guess what? It still fits like a bloody glove.
“I’m going to wear it because it still fits,” says Mary, who looks stoked as anything to be reunited with her long-lost ring.
Mary, 84, says she didn’t know if they were kidding or not, but when her granddaughter brought the carrot over – she knew: “It’s mine!” #yeg pic.twitter.com/Ft7IMUeSMR
— Sarah Ryan (@SarahRyanYEG) August 15, 2017
If you’re thinking this is a freak of nature – a one-off – you’d be wrong: not nine months ago, a German widower was reunited with the wedding ring he lost three years earlier while gardening after it turned up wrapped around… take a wild guess.
Moral of the story: carrots are good.