Does a ring mean a thing?

August 14, 2011  |  

Before I elaborate on the question I’ve raised in the title, I want to inform you that I’m pro-choice. Which means if you want to get married I’m for it; and if you don’t care or don’t want to be married I’m for that too. This is not a moral or marriage advertisement article; it’s simply a feature asking for your opinion on what a wedding ring means to you.

I’m sure you’ve seen or heard about the Single Ladies episode that involved Val being offered the life she has always wanted by the man of her dreams sans a wedding ring. Everything she wanted in a marriage and then some was proposed to her, just not in the package she dreamed of – a ring and the chance to wear her Cinderella wedding dress on her big day. While she stayed stuck on the trappings of a wedding confused on what to say and do, her friends thought she was making the biggest mistake of her life. Their sentiments were – who cares about a measly old ring when you’re getting the jewelry store instead. While both Val and her friends have a right to their own opinions, it does beg the question of what does the ring really mean if you’re offered all what you want in relationship plus more. If the ring was the only missing piece, would that be a deal breaker?

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