As a Baby Boomer, chances are you’ve misplaced valuables here and there throughout your life. In most cases, people find them a day or two later and get on with their lives.
For one lady in the United Kingdom, she got the surprise of her life when she discovered a ring she’d lost 12 years ago wrapped around a carrot that was growing in her backyard.
Lin Keitch, 69, was washing a carrot picked by her husband when she discovered the missing item of jewellery, according to The Sun. Remarkably, the carrot had grown into the ring, which was originally gifted to her by husband Dave on her 40th birthday.
When the ring became too small for her, she passed it down to her 37-year-old daughter, who ended up losing it somewhere in the backyard. Despite searching high and low for the ring, the family weren’t able to locate it.
Never giving up hope, Dave would often search for the ring when he was in the backyard gardening, but didn’t have much luck until recently. Without even realising it, he’d presented the ring back to his wife one afternoon.
“The carrot had grown into the ring,” Lin told The Sun. “It must be a chance in a million. I couldn’t believe my eyes.
“We searched high and low but couldn’t find it. I was gutted.”
It’s not the first time such a discovery has been made. In 2017, the BBC reported that a woman was devastated when she lost her diamond ring while weeding on the family farm in Alberta, Canada.
Mary Grams lost the ring in 2004 and kept it a secret from almost her entire family. Last year, the woman’s daughter-in-law discovered the ring when she picked a carrot out of the garden.
Similar to what happened to Lin, this carrot had also grown straight through the ring.
“My daughter-in-law was picking carrots for supper and said, ‘What’s this?’ and then she asked Ryan, my son, and he said he knew,” she told the BBC. “I hugged and kissed her so many times.”
That report claimed it was somewhat of a phenomenon around the world for missing rings to show up on vegetables, with rings appearing on carrots in Canada, Sweden and Germany, just to name a few.