People always ask about Laura Floyd’s wedding rings. She wears three of them in a stack, and if you catch a glimpse of her palm, you’ll see that one of the gold bands is broken: instead of a continuous circle, there’s a split in the metal.
The band makes everyone curious. Why wear a broken ring? Isn’t that bad luck or something?
Well, it turns out there’s a story behind that broken ring, and Floyd is happy to share it.
For her, the ring is a sign that something doesn’t have to be “up to society’s standards” to be full of beauty, memory, and meaning, and that material value can never replace emotion and experience.
“A lot of people ask me why I have three wedding rings, and one that’s broken,” she writes. “The broken one is not really broken; it had to be cut off when I had preeclampsia with my first child.”
There’s a lot of pressure on women to have the “perfect” wedding, the “perfect” marriage, and the “perfect” ring, as well as a lot of pressure on men to provide these things.
But for most of us, those ideas of “perfect” are just, well, not. They might look nice in the pages of a magazine, but they don’t reflect who we are, what our relationships are all about, and the struggles we go through every day.
Luckily, people like Floyd are here to show us that while our lives might not be picture-perfect, they just might be perfect for us, and that when you see the stories behind the so-called “imperfections,” they’ll suddenly seem beautiful.
[H/T: Love What Matters]