White-gold engagement ring
White-gold engagement ring

On July 6th, 1952, my great-grandfather proposed to my great-grandmother (Ellen Theresa Scott) on top of the Empire State Building in New York City. He proposed with a gorgeous diamond ring that Ellen would cherish for the rest of her life. They had just moved here from Ireland and were ready to finally settle down and chase the American dream, but little did they know that Ellen was already pregnant with my grandfather and would be having a baby that following March. Exactly thirty years later, on July 6th, 1982, my grandfather had my mother, Theresa Ann Scott, who would later become extremely close with Ellen. Growing up my mom would always tell me stories about Ellen and how amazing she was. She would go on and on about how tall and graceful she was, how she loved her Irish accent, and how she felt so loved by her anytime she was around. Unfortunately, Ellen passed away when my mother was sixteen, But she had already chosen to pass on one of her most prized possessions, her engagement ring, to my mother. My mother was very grateful to be able to carry a piece of her with her forever. I was always told I would inherit this ring as well, whether it be when I become engaged or another momentous occasion. Today as I write this, I am wearing the ring, and although it hurts to say that, I'm still so grateful that she chose me to carry on this heirloom for our family and it’ll always be a constant reminder of her and I’s close bond, just like the bond she had with Ellen.

Place(s): New York City, New York

– KP.

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