February 19, 2007
When Jane was first married, she was thrilled with her engagement and wedding rings, the engagement ring with its big center stone of nearly two carats, the wedding ring of alternating baguettes and round diamonds. She loved the admiring and envious glances; she loved the feeling of being chosen, special, no longer single, like most of her friends. Later, she thought that the real symbol of the rings is that the engagement ring, the promise, is more beautiful and better than the wedding ring, the reality. Later still, both rings seemed too heavy, too restricting, and she stopped wearing them.