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Woman finds her lost engagement ring on a carrot after 13 years

Yaron Steinbuch, August 17, 2017 6:50PM News Corp Australia

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Mary Gram's engagement ring. Picture: supplied media_cameraMary Gram's engagement ring. Picture: supplied

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FOR a lucky Canadian woman, this is no garden-variety* diamond ring.

Mary Grams lost the engagement ring in 2004 while pulling weeds in her vegetable garden and thought it was gone for good, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

Before she had a chance to look for it, her son Brian called out that he needed a ride out to the fields to harvest grain on the family farm southeast of Edmonton.

“(I came) back and I started looking. I looked for days and I couldn’t find it,” the 84-year-old said.

“We looked high and low on our hands and knees.

“We couldn’t find it.”

Grams said she knew the ring must have slipped off near her potato patch — but it was still a big garden.

“Usually, when I lose something — I don’t want to brag, but I’m usually pretty lucky at finding things — but not this time. No luck this time, boy.”

Mrs Gram on her wedding day in media_cameraMrs Gram on her wedding day in 1952. Picture: supplied

After a few weeks, Grams replaced the ring, which she had since 1951, a year before she married her husband, Norman.

“I didn’t tell him, even, because I thought for sure he’d give me heck or something,” she said, adding that he never questioned about the obvious difference between the new and old rings.

Fast forward 13 years and the diamond in the rough showed up in Grams’ old garden, which now belongs to her son Brian.

“My wife was digging carrots for supper, and I guess she came up with a carrot that had something on it,” Brian told Global News.

In the evening light, a sparkle caught his wife’s eye – a ring circled the middle of a carrot, much like it had on Grams’ finger so many years before.

“She showed me this carrot and said, ‘Do you know anything about this?’ I said, ‘I think I do — Mum lost (a ring) quite a few years ago,’” he said.

When the couple called Grams on Monday night with the good news, she thought they were joking because they couldn’t stop laughing.

Mary Gram was stunned to find her ring after so many years.. media_cameraMary Gram was stunned to find her ring after so many years. Picture: supplied

But the next day, she found out that diamonds are indeed forever when her granddaughter delivered it to her.

Grams said her husband — who died five years ago after 60 years of marriage — would have had a good chuckle to see the old ring back.

“Anything I do outside, I’m going to take it off and it’s going to stay,” Grams said.

“I should’ve put it in a safe place in the first place, but I didn’t.”

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and is republished with permission here.


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Activity 1. Timeline

Create a timeline of events for this story.
Begin your timeline when Mary Grams received the ring.
Mark in the significant events in this story.

You will need to read the article carefully to work out when the significant events occurred.

Include when she received the ring, when she was married, when she lost the ring, when she bought a new one, when her husband passed away and when the ring was found.

Extension: Emotional highs and lows!

Think about how Mary Grams might have felt at each significant event in the timeline.

Next to each event on your timeline write in some emotions that Mrs Grams may have experienced at that time in her life.

Time: allow 30 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Mathematics

Activity 2. Lucky find

Imagine you find something significant like an engagement ring or a locket.

Write a narrative story about finding this item and how you might get it back to its original owner.

Remember to use interesting adjectives to help describe the item, the setting, and the feelings of those in the story.

Extension: Publish your story

Review and edit your story looking for ways to improve sentence structure, word choice and punctuation.

When you are happy with your story, publish it in a Word document.

Time: allow 60 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Digital Technologies


(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)

Speech mark challenge

There is a lot of punctuation in this article.
Speech marks help us tell that someone is talking.
For this activity, you will need to make a tally of all the speech mark pairs in the article. Use green highlighter.

Now, copy and paste the text into a word document and remove all the speech marks.

Swap seats with a partner and challenge them to replace all the speech mark pairs.

Give them a hint by telling them a number of pairs they have to replace.

Time: allow 10 minutes to complete this activity

Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP








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