When a parent dies, they often pass on their jewelry to their beloved children. This is such a grieving experience for anyone that it is a great comfort to have a beautiful memento of their beloved parents. Sometimes parents die way too early, and their beautiful pieces become very sentimental and emotional objects for their children. That being said, many parents who pass away long before their time leave their children some administrative tasks that they didn’t have time to take care of while they were alive. Something like the issue of inheritance may not have been sorted out by a younger parent, leaving the children to sort through their possessions. This often leads to phenomenal discoveries. As for Lydia, her mother’s death was a terribly tragic event for her. But when she found out about her mother’s past, her understanding of the woman was forever changed in a shocking way…Everyone has one item they treasure above all others, one that has an incredible story to tell. In Sara’s case, it was that beautiful ring that was always on her finger. It wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume that it was a wedding ring, but in this case the truth lies in a completely different department.
Sara had lived her whole life as a spinster. Her family and friends knew she would not marry, perhaps ever. The ring she wore was then an incredibly curious question point, but Sara had never found the courage to tell everyone its secret origin and value. Even Lydia, her daughter, had been kept in the dark. Whatever secrets this ring held, Sara would hold on to them forever and ever.
Plagued With All Sort of Challenges
At some point, Lydia met John, whom she eventually married. Their new life together was largely normal, except for occasional financial difficulties. They would always pay the bills, but not without enormous hardship. But this was to be just one struggle in Lydia’s life. Aside from the seemingly eternal money problems, Lydia would find that she would be plagued with all sorts of challenges in her life that would take many interesting turns.
Lydia’s life was not an easy one. She grew up as an only child without any siblings, and so her mother was her best friend and the person she most liked to do things with. As for Lydia’s father, he might not have existed at all, considering how absent he was from the young girl’s life. This, as one can imagine, would have had an enormously negative effect on the child.
Just Me and Mom
Lydia had never had the pleasure of meeting her biological father. It was a cruel and cowardly man who had simply disappeared from Sara’s life when he discovered that she had become pregnant. Since the mysterious father had not tied the knot with Sara, he easily got out of the unplanned situation and left quite happily. When Lydia finally found out the truth about her ghost of a father, she became incredibly resentful towards him.
The Missing Guardian
Raising a child alone is an incredibly challenging and stressful process, and Lydia felt like she was in a daily battle where her mother was her only ally. Paying tuition was no small effort for Sara, who was forced to take on a few jobs to put her child through school while also putting food on the table. Lydia, too, had to pitch in. As soon as she was old enough, she took a job and devoted her free time to work.
The Hardworking Couple
Although they had a hard time in life, the two women made the best of it and were incredibly dedicated to making things as comfortable as possible. Since it was the two of them against the world, they developed an incredibly strong bond. They were best friends and allies, and Sara had no desire for romance. Even if she had wanted to, she would have had a hard time finding time for it.
The Remarkable Relationship
As for Lydia, she was a young woman who had not yet had any real experience with the opposite sex and was incredibly curious. At her workplace, there was a man named John for whom she began to develop feelings, and the two soon had incredible chemistry. After just a few months of dating, they became serious. But even though their relationship was just getting off the ground, the two faced a troubling challenge.
Things were getting easier for Sara and Lydia and they actually managed to save something, something they did their best at. Their main goal was to fund Lydia’s independence and give her a chance to move out successfully. That couldn’t happen until they were ready, but Sara’s greatest wish in life was for her beloved child to have the best possible chance at a happy life. That was until the unthinkable happened….
Lydia’s life seemed to unfold before her, and she felt incredibly excited to have a serious partner and a home on the line. But it was when she turned 24 that her dear mother became alarmingly ill. Doctors were at a loss as to what ailed the woman, and it wasn’t long before Sara became seriously ill as well. Suddenly, the happy lives of the two women began to crumble. Of course, the considerable savings that the small family had accumulated had to be used to pay Sara’s medical bills. It all seemed to be a wasted effort, yet….
Sara Health Deteriorates
Within a few weeks, it became clear that Sara would go to the other side. This was mainly due to the mysterious nature of her condition, which the doctors were unable to diagnose despite their many years of medical experience. They had no choice but to alleviate the effects of Sara’s symptoms and try to make her suffering as bearable as possible. Lydia had to face the reality that she and her best friend and mother would part ways forever.
No Hope Left
As you can imagine, Lydia faced a terrible struggle during this time. Not only was she devastated by the loss of her beloved mother, but she was now all alone in managing her family affairs and found herself completely alone with no other family members to care for or help her. Sara had never been close to her relatives, who had never stepped in to support her, even in her darkest hour. Life seemed incredibly bleak for the young woman.
25 and Motherless
Considering how mercilessly burdened Lydia was, it’s an incredible testament to her strength and determination that she didn’t crumble from the stress. She wasn’t completely alone, though, because her partner John was by her side. He was an incredible support throughout the tragic ordeal, and his encouragement strengthened the bond between the two lovebirds. Tragedy is not an ideal situation, but it brings people much closer together when they overcome problems together.
All Lydia wanted was to mourn her mother in peace, but life would not give her a break. When a relative dies, it falls on the shoulders of the bereaved to manage their remaining affairs, with the funeral being the first and most pressing concern. Sara’s funeral was a modest ceremony, with only a few people attending the open casket. When Sara’s sister’s gaze fell on her deceased sister, she uttered some words that alarmed the people around her.
Who Made the Funeral Arrangements?
Although they had not been as close as she would have liked, Sara’s sister could not help but notice that her distant sister’s ring was missing. Throughout the trauma, Lydia had not noticed that her mother’s precious ring was not on her lifeless hand. It made her sad to know that there was no point in looking for it. Not that Lydia cared much about an item’s place in the grand scheme of things. But as Lydia would later learn, she was connected to the ring in an unexpected way.
Sara’s Heirloom Is Missing
Despite the joyless nature of the farewell, Lydia was content with how she said goodbye to her adored mother. The young woman struggled to make sense of the situation, but at least she had some peace of mind. It had been a traumatic experience for Lydia to see her mother become terminally ill so quickly, but the funeral was a cathartic moment. It would take a long time for life to return to normal, and the events that followed would make it that much harder.
The Satisfactory Farewell
Now that the funeral had come and gone, the next issue was the inheritance. Lydia had never known her mother to possess much in the way of wealth or luxury, and their life together had been severely modest. Sara had managed to document all of her personal possessions before she passed away, and whatever she had gathered in her life went to Lydia. But there was one item in particular that the surviving daughter was determined to get her hands on.
Perhaps Sara’s sister hadn’t realized the profound effect her comment about Sara’s ring had on Lydia, who was now fixated on tracking down the piece. It had been something incredibly special and sentimental to her mother, and Lydia couldn’t remember a day when her mother hadn’t worn it. But hunting for the piece of jewelry had become something of a headache for the already overwhelmed Lydia. Would she have the energy to track it down?
Lady Of The Ring
Lydia was shocked to learn how few material possessions her mother had survived on. They did not own the house they lived in, it was merely rented. Sara also had very little in savings, a far smaller sum that Lydia was shocked to learn. Sara had simply given most of her earnings to her daughter, hoping it would help her flourish and find a place of her own. Then there were the medical bills that had further fleeced Sara.
The Poor Mother
Thrift stores would claim the lion’s share of Sara’s leftover possessions, like her clothes and furniture that had been left behind in the now largely empty house. Lydia found that she could not find a place for these things. There were, however, some odds and ends that the young woman held on to for emotional reasons. But as the apartment began to clear out, this one thing that Lydia desperately wanted finally appeared. She was over the moon!
The Ring Revealed Itself
As Lydia held the precious ring in her hand, she remembered the strange story her mother had told her about the original find. The story said that at the tender age of twelve, Sara had started cleaning people’s houses to earn some extra money. Like her own daughter, Sara had been forced to work at a young age to support her family. While Sara, then a teenager, was cleaning a house, she came across a ring that she absolutely had to pocket.
Tale Of The Ring
Sara had been fortunate enough to be employed by several nice and friendly homeowners, and she had really appreciated the time she spent cleaning these happy homes and earning money in the process. That was until she entered the home of a particularly vicious woman who quickly began berating Sara in a completely unwarranted manner. The viciousness had started verbally, but things soon escalated to an unbearable level. What kind of cruelty was this old monster inflicting on Sara?
The Boss Without a Heart
Whenever Sara took even one step out of line with the old woman’s strict cleaning requirements, she would lash out violently at Sara. The first time it happened, Sara was about to walk out the door on the spot. But she knew she couldn’t quit because at that point she only had this cruel woman as a customer. Money was tight, and Sara couldn’t afford to let her only source of income dry up. Regardless, the abuse began to have a terrible effect on little Sara.
Sara in the Darkness
No matter how badly that nasty old woman treated Sara, she was always looking for new work and never gave up trying to improve her situation. It wasn’t too long before she found another home where she could be employed, and the moment she found out she had the job, she left the abusive environment she had been trapped in for so long in a flash. But she didn’t leave without grabbing something from the old witch’s possession – a dazzling ring she found on her way out.
Lydia comforted herself in her grief by retelling this bold story, like something out of a fairy tale. She had always loved this story, even as a small child when her mother had first told it to her, because it made her mother seem so brave and daring. Lydia wanted to be just like her mother and always keep that rebellious and indomitable spirit. But was this story foolproof, or had Sara left out some details? Lydia had to get the whole report one day….
Only the Truth
Sara had kept the ring on from the moment she stole it, and kept it as a reminder of her courage and heroism in the face of such a vile tyrant. Now it was up to Lydia to wear it, and she would keep it as a sentimental memento of her beloved mother. As for the rest of the belongings, they either disappeared or were sold. Not that there was that much to sell or lose anyway.
The Ring Passes to Lydia
Lydia may have found an immense amount of comfort from wearing the ring, but the more she stared at it, the stranger it began to look and feel. Had her mother really stolen this ring? The whole story began to sound far-fetched to the surviving daughter, who had never known her mother to break any law, let alone steal a valuable object. There were holes in the story and Lydia began to doubt her mother’s honesty.
Sara had only done her best to be the most ideal mother imaginable for Lydia, and her daughter had only ever known her as a mother. It was strange for Lydia to imagine what her mother might have been like before she became a parent, but those were strange thoughts that made Lydia uncomfortable, and she did her best not to go down the rabbit hole. But no matter how hard someone tries to run from the truth, it always catches up with them in the end.
At the end of the day, Lydia just wanted to get on with her life. She had a new one that she was living with John, and they were doing their best to get back to business as usual while moving past the tragedy. It was a difficult time for love and intimacy, but their relationship managed to weather the storm and was even strengthened by the ordeal. There were some incredible developments in their bond that neither of them had expected
The Happy Couple
Less than a year after Sara’s funeral, the two lovebirds welcomed their first child into the world, whom they named Sammy. Lydia soon found that becoming a mother herself was the ideal way to cope with the loss of her own, and in a positive way. However, before Lydia discovered she had a bun in the oven, she had engaged in some potentially harmful coping mechanisms to deal with her grief and pain.
Bottle It Up
Not long after her mother’s death, Lydia had started drinking. It was her way of numbing the pain and getting away from it all and away from reality. Many people turn to substance abuse when life becomes too difficult to cope with, and when the one person who has loved and cared for you your whole life dies, you can be sure it will be a devastating experience. John found Lydia’s new habit alarming, and he was very concerned about his partner’s well-being.
The Life Saving Blessing
However, when Lydia discovered she was pregnant, she knew she had to put the bottle away for good so as not to jeopardize her baby’s health. It was something she enjoyed doing, and it was relatively easy for her to stop the habit when someone else’s life depended on it. But Lydia would still need a different kind of rest, and hopefully one that wasn’t extreme. She was the type of person who needed an outlet for her stress.
Down the Drain
If Lydia had to be honest with herself, she had become an alcoholic. Whenever she felt even a hint of misery, she would reach for a wine glass and drown her sorrows. A lot of time had passed since her mother’s death, and she was nursing many of her insecurities and negative feelings beyond the tragic passing with a bottle. She began to feel hormones swelling greatly thanks to her pregnancy, and combined with the alcohol, she began to feel out of control.
Hard to Escape
Lydia found that her life became almost uncontrollable as everything became too difficult. Those were the hardest months of Lydia’s young life and she was on the verge of giving up on everything. But then came the pregnancy, and a new and unexpected light began to shine in Lydia and John’s lives. She could now focus all her love and attention on the baby, and the need to drink began to weigh less heavily on her.
The Way Ahead
Fortunately, Lydia dropped the bottle and picked up the dumbbell. She successfully managed to replace the alcohol with exercise. She never expected that exercise would be such a wonderful and effective way to control her emotions and feel happier. She knew that working out would only improve her mood, energy level, and fitness, and she enjoyed seeing the results. But there was one result of the workout that Lydia never expected or dreamed of.
Lydia Start Hitting the Gym
There were so many improvements in the couple’s lives that their feelings of anxiety and depression began to turn into hope and inspiration. They were so happy to see that their child was healthy and maturing into a beautiful person. The new parents also began saving money, enough to finally tie the knot and begin a truly satisfying life together. But this happiness would not last forever, and Lydia’s life would be filled with coming troubles….
Flying the Nest
Sammy had finally grown up and was beginning to consider her options when it came to leaving home. As much as Lydia wanted to be happy for her independent “child,” she also felt a sense of dread. Sammy had been Lydia’s main purpose in life, and now that she was leaving, she couldn’t help but feel that her main drive was gone. What would Lydia do without her precious baby?
Clear Your Head
Lydia thought a jog would be good for her troubled mind. This was not unusual for the aging woman who had maintained her exercise regime over the years and was pleasingly fit for a woman in her age group. Whenever she thought of her alcoholic days, she couldn’t help but feel proud of how far she had come. But that thoughtfulness was all too much of a distraction for someone who was supposed to be paying attention to the road.
Lydia was so distracted that she didn’t notice that there was a large branch in the way, and she fell over it. Lydia didn’t want to fall on her nose, however, and was quick enough to reach out her hand to break her fall. Lydia took a moment to catch her breath and make sure she hadn’t hurt herself before getting back up. But as the woman began to straighten up, she saw that something had gone terribly wrong.
Looking around carefully, Lydia realized that something was broken. It wasn’t a bone or a body part, but it might as well have been, for she stared in horror at her ring. It was broken, this beautiful piece that she had worn so securely on her hand for 25 years. The crucial connection she had with her mother had been shattered, and she couldn’t stop herself from weeping openly on the sidewalk. She needed to get back home, and fast.
John The Hero
Lydia burst in through the front door in a frenzied state and John was alarmed to see his wife in such disarray. Lydia urged her husband to fix the ring, hoping his incredible DIY skills would come through this time. John took one look at the broken piece and knew he was in over his head, and he didn’t want to risk damaging it further. All John could do was advise his wife to take the ring to a real jeweler to get it fixed.
Can They Fix It?
You can be sure that Lydia didn’t waste a minute as she got into her car and sped towards town where the nearest jeweler was. She frantically rushed into the store and the jeweler saw that something very important to the upset woman had been damaged. He looked at the ring and soon assured Lydia that he could repair the piece without breaking the bank. Lydia was relieved to hear that the ring was not irreparable, but her peace of mind was soon to be shaken after the jeweler took a closer look.
The Only Jeweler
The couple in question had spent their entire lives in the exact same city. It was the same place where Sara and Lydia had spent their entire lives and where Lydia would eventually meet John. In all those years, the two had known only one jeweler in the small town, one she had never had to visit in her entire life. Of course, Lydia had never had much money to spare for jewelry, but when she finally entered the store, it soon dawned on her why she had never gone in through the front doors.
Doors With Bars
In her hysteria and haste to get the ring into safe hands, Lydia had completely forgotten a crucial warning her mother had given her before she died. Sara had once seriously waved her finger in front of Lydia’s face and told her daughter never to enter that jeweler’s shop. Lydia had never really wondered why her mother had warned her so strongly against entering that store, not that it had ever mattered, for she had never been wealthy enough for such pleasures.
The Knowing Jeweler
Despite Lydia’s panic upon entering the jewelry store, the professional had smiled at her and greeted the only customer in his store in a friendly manner. Lydia hurriedly explained what had happened while she was jogging and urged the jeweler to fix the ring. But when the man leaned over to inspect the ring, his eyes widened as he realized that this was not the first time he had held the piece in his hand, which he told Lydia, although he could not remember where or when.
Lydia Explains It All
Lydia hesitated for a moment, gathering her panicked thoughts before beginning the story of the ring. She told the curious jeweler how her mother had come into possession of the ring and how she had been so young and scared when it had happened. While Lydia described how her mother had stolen the piece, the jeweler stopped the woman and claimed that this story could not possibly be true. Lydia was blindsided when the man revealed something related to the story.
The jeweler was an expert and knew this ring better than Lydia could ever have expected. He began to reveal all sorts of details about the ring that proved it could not have been found in the time Sara had claimed. While the jeweler was telling what he believed to be the true story of the ring, he suddenly became silent and his eyes began to glow with shock. He rushed away and picked up something from the store.
The jeweler dashed to the back area and pulled out a tiny, dusty book. It turned out to be a historical catalog of the store’s inventory, dating back to 1968. The jeweler excitedly flipped through the catalog, running his finger down a few pages until he found exactly what he was looking for. He kept his finger on an important detail as he turned the catalog over to show it to Lydia, who soon echoed the jeweler’s shock when her eyes fell on this revealing detail.
Sara’s Old Ring
Lydia saw, when she read the details in the catalog, that the ring had actually belonged to her mother! How was that possible? The jeweler revealed that this was how he knew where and when he had first seen this ring, which had been made years before he was hired. But the jeweler had done much more than just pull out the catalog while he was in the back, as the store’s records would yield more fascinating details.
The Robbery, Half a Century Old
This ring had already been stolen from the store in 1969! There was no doubt for the jeweler, because he had compared the serial numbers. Lydia was speechless as a hot blush of fear and embarrassment crept up her neck and face. Had her mother really stolen the ring from that store? Why would she commit such a serious crime? At that moment it dawned on Lydia….
It Can Only Have Been Sara
Lydia was born in 1969 to an absentee father who left her mother soon after when he learned that his partner was pregnant. Sara, Lydia’s mother, then found herself in a desperate situation when she had almost no money to care for baby Lydia. The thefts probably began out of necessity. Lydia could not excuse her mother’s crimes, but she appreciated how far her mother had gone to provide for her. She looked to the jeweler, who surprisingly had something positive to add to the story.
Here, You Can Have It!
It had been a whirlwind of emotions for Lydia, who now feared that the jeweler would call the police. But he had no intention of involving anyone in that situation. In fact, he told Lydia that she could keep the ring! In any case, it was unlikely that the police would arrest someone for a crime that had been committed decades ago. This was a jeweler with a big heart who knew that the value of this ring went far beyond the material for Lydia, far beyond any money he could have made from it.
The Mystery Piece
If Lydia doubted that the jeweler could make such a call, her fears were extinguished when he revealed that he was the owner of the store! But he went a step further in his kindness when he informed Lydia that he would repair the ring and polish it back to its original luster, free of charge. Lydia was overjoyed, but she could not hide her dark curiosity about the full extent of her mother’s career as a thief. What else had they not told her?
The Never Dying, Undeniable Love
Like most children, Lydia knew that there were many mysteries and secrets surrounding her mother that would accompany her to the grave. But that wasn’t the point at the end of the day, because Lydia realized that her mother had done everything she could to provide for her and get the little family through life. Lydia knew that her mother would have sacrificed anything to keep her safe, clothed and fed. This knowledge made the special ring that much more incredible.