Whether mowing the lawn, taking a bath, going to sleep or – in this case – applying sunscreen for their young daughter, most people casually remove their engagement rings and wedding bands – even if just for a moment. And occasionally, they forget to put them back on.
When Jill Fink left her engagement ring at a playground on Manhattan's Upper West Side, she probably wouldn't have guessed it would take her two days to notice, and she certainly wouldn't have guessed that a good Samaritan as generous as Michelle La Plante would stumble across it.
But that's exactly what happened. La Plante then began extensively searching for the forgotton ring's owner, posting ads to internet sites like Craigslist and MyUpperWestSide.com and using old-fashioned routes of notes and fliers.
"If that had been my ring, I would have gone out of my head," LaPlante told a local NBC station. Eventually a sleuthing receptionist at Fink's offices stumbled across the online listing.
Fink and her ring were soon reunited, with the added bonus of a new friend-in-the-making. According to ABC news, Fink and La Plante live only blocks away and discovered they had a lot in common.
With the rising popularity of one of a kind antique engagement rings, perhaps everyone could use a friend like La Plante – if not a better memory!