Cutting Your Cloth Accordingly!
I can remember my Nana telling me to 'cut your cloth accordingly' frequently when I was younger and my story today is about how we put this into practice.
My precious, for May, is my wedding ring. It reminds me of so many things, but most of all it reminds me of how we have grown together over the past 29 years. You see, when we married we had very little money to spare and in fact I can remember having to keep our food bill at £15.00 per week. As money was tight we bought a wedding ring for me costing just £12.00 from the infamous Ratners and David didn't have a ring.
As we have been for the past 27 years, we were renovating a house when we got married (not the same one we live in now - that has only been for the last 21 years), we moved in with only a two ring camping stove to cook on, a dining room table, 1 dining room chair and a stool and our bed was a Victorian bedstead with the springs removed and the mattress on the floor!
We only bought what we could afford and saved up for things we wanted, in fact I went for the first year without a fridge and kept things cool in a bucket of water until one Easter when the chicken I had bought went bad and I ended up throwing it at David but that is a tale for another day.
Back to my wedding ring - once things got a little easier we took my ring to a jeweler and and had him set it into a thicker wedding band.
So my ring is a symbol of how we passed through the hard times and have worked together to make a good life together.
This post was brought to you courtesy of Sian's Story Telling Sunday. If you pop on over to her blog you will be able to read about other people's precious things.
Reasons to be cheerful:-
1. We can look back at our early marriage with great affection.
2. Through working together to get the things we want we appreciate them more.
3. We still derive the greatest pleasure from doing the simple inexpensive things that formed the backbone of our early marriage.