Sunday, December 28, 2008

Best Laid Plans...

I could cry for my sweet boyfriend right now. We picked out an engagement ring several months ago and Erik put it in layaway. When he set up the account, I remember our saleswoman asking what size I needed and it was a size larger than what they had in stock. She wrote down the size I needed...filled out a long form about it and we went on our happy way. Nothing has been said since then about the ring because I knew Erik was waiting until the perfect time to propose. He wanted it to be a surprise.

On Christmas Day, Erik asked me to get his keys out of his coat pocket. The ring was in there in it's box. He had paid it out of layaway the day before but forgot and left it in his pocket. Being the girl I am, I tried it on before I put it back where I got it. It did not fit. The store had never sized it.

I debated letting him know about it, my sister told me not to say anything. But I finally told him today when I found out he was planning on proposing in front of all our friends and family on New Year's Eve. I didn't realize he would take it so badly. He called the store...they admitted they never sized it, the manager apologized but said he wouldn't do anything about it. The only option we have is to return the ring and wait 10 days for it to be sized. Erik is devastated...I've never seen him this upset. I feel bad for telling him I tried it on, but he says he's glad I did so that we could find out before the party that it doesn't fit. He says it would've embarrassed him if he had not known.

I tried explaining that the ring isn't the important thing...we can just tell our friends that the store messed up...he can still propose...but his plans are shot. The surprise is gone. It's a huge deal to him and I feel awful that I (and the stupid store) ruined it for him.

Now I don't know what to do. I wish I could lose about 30 pounds between now and Wednesday so that it would fit. I hate disappointing him like this.

6 comments:

Laoch of Chicago said...

That is disappointing. It really is his kind thought that matters though. Hopefully he can get over his disappointment and start thinking about the nice life together you will no doubt have in the future. Good wishes to you both.

MizAngie said...

Hmmm... Are you sure this isn't part of a scheme by Erik to make you THINK you're not being proposed to on NYE but really he's gonna? Ha!! Seriously, though, I hate it he's so disappointed. I think it's best you told him, though, to avoid public embarrassment. Bleah. I hate when plans don't work out...

Shana said...

I think I would be so upset that I would take the ring back, get my money back and go to a jewellery store that DOES WHAT IS ASKED after spending so much money on a ring.
The whole thing is disappointing but maybe a good story for the grandkids!!

Maria said...

I'm so sorry his plans were ruined. But he's right, at least you saved him from embarrassment in front of everyone.

But hopefully he will be able to get past it and focus on what's truly important, your future.

Becca said...

I agree with Shana, how hard is it for a jewelry store to do what is asked of it? You spend good money on a ring and they cannot size it? That is not a good answer that you are going to have to wait an additional 10 days. I would have asked to see a manager at that point.

You did not disappoint Erik, the store did. And let the man propose to you and you know in your heart that the proposal means more than any ring ever could. I mean I love my engagement ring, but my wedding ring means a whole heck of a lot more to me.

Jane! said...

Awww! Could he find a ring to sub in for the real thing? Or maybe you should surprise HIM by proposing!

Like you said, tho... the surprise is gone.
Poor guy.