Peggy, one of our teaching colleagues,
stopped several teachers in the hall recently
and asked us to place a value on a large,
shiny, topaz ring she was sporting.
Some guesses were as high as $20.00
Diplomatically, we estimated the ring' s
worth to be $5.00. Come to find out, it
a dollar-ninety-five ring bought on sale
for for a dollar.
We then showed Peggy our wedding band
told her it was made of French gold and
asked her how much she thought it cost.
"Thirty dollars?" She said. "Oh, I don't know,
it must have cost a lot. How much."
"We started paying on this ring eleven years
ago, and we're still paying on it. In fact, we're
deeper in debt for it now than we've ever been."
A Peggy laughed in amusement, we thought to
ourselves, "Maybe a ring on the finger is still better
than a ring in our nose."
(Written in 1977. After 49 years of marriage, we're
pretty rung out.)