Woman Defends Her ‘Tiny Ring’ in a Beautiful Facebook Post

She’s not feeling insecure.

via Facebook

One of the biggest marriage traditions in America is for a man to propose with a diamond ring. What most people don’t know is that it’s a relatively new tradition that started because of a very clever marketing strategy by the De Beers diamond company. Over the years, the diamond has become a status symbol based on its size, clarity, and cut – even though a diamond ring isn’t a great investment and they’re about about as rare as pigeons. So, when 27-year-old Rachel Pedersen recently spoke out about the joy of her “tiny diamond” the post struck a chord with people everywhere.

via Facebook

After Pedersen eloped with her husband Poul in October 2013, her friends and family kept asking when she was going to upgrade from her ¼ carat engagement ring. One went so far as to tell Pederson, “You could wear a bigger ring for important events, so people don’t think you’re not successful.” The petty comments became so grating Pedersen took to Facebook to share what her ring means to her – and it isn’t a status symbol.

Yes, I know that my wedding ring is small. Friends and family often ask me when I’m going to have it ‘upgraded’.... After all, it doesn’t represent the level of success we are achieving. I’ve even had one person say ‘you could wear a bigger ring for important events, so people don't think you're not successful.’ Wait a minute.... Since when did the size of someone's ring become an indication of success?! For me, the ring is SO much more.

My ring symbolizes a whirlwind, storybook, ‘make you sick’ love story.... It reminds me of how my husband and I met and fell at in love in one night at a Perkin’s diner. He worked as a window washer, and I was a single mother. One short week later, and we professed our love to one another, him leading the conversation. We couldn’t stop dreaming of our future, so excited to have a baby, buy a house, and fall asleep together every night. We couldn't wait for the future. So we didn’t.

13 days after meeting, we eloped. I didn't even THINK about a ring until my husband surprised me before the ceremony. He drained his savings to gift me with a small token of his love. I say small, only because it pales in comparison with how big his love is, even now, after years of marriage. That, my friends, is success to me.

Here are some of the great responses she’s received on Facebook.

via Library of Congress

In the months after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized the military to move Japanese-Americans into internment camps to defend the West Coats from spies.

From 1942 to 1946, an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans, of which a vast majority were second- and third-generation citizens, were taken in their homes and forced to live in camps surrounded by armed military and barbed wire.

After the war, the decision was seen as a cruel act of racist paranoia by the American government against its own citizens.

The interment caused most of the Japanese-Americans to lose their money and homes.

Keep Reading
via Michael Belanger / Flickr

The head of the 1,100-member Federal Judges Association on Monday called an emergency meeting amid concerns over President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr's use of the power of the Justice Department for political purposes, such as protecting a long-time friend and confidant of the president.

Keep Reading

North Korea remains arguably the most mysterious place on Earth. Its people and modern day customs are shrouded behind a digital and physical wall of propaganda. Many people in the United States feel that North Korea is our "enemy" but almost none of us have had the opportunity to interact with an actual person who lives in, or has lived under, the country's totalitarian regime.

Even more elusive is what life is like in one of North Korea's notorious prison camps. It's been reported that millions live in horrific conditions, facing the real possibility of torture and death on a daily basis. That's what makes this question and answer session with an escaped North Korean prisoner all the more incredible to read.

Keep Reading