Tuesday, April 14, 2009


I was getting the water ready for Jack's shower when I saw something metal on the floor. I picked it up and realized it was half of my ring. I bought this ring at the Sydney Aquarium in 2007. It was just a simple cheap iron ore ring. But I was very attached to it. I wore it all the time. I think I've taken it off only once since I've gotten it. One of my friends and I would joke that I'm married to Australia.

So now....

The ring is broken.

I'm trying not to think of it as a bad omen.

I'm trying to imagine it could be POSITIVE.

It would be pretty impossible for a ring to break apart while on my finger. I don't know much about Iron Ore. Maybe it does suddenly disintegrate. But I'm thinking it's more likely it slipped from my finger. And if it slipped from my finger, that means it had to be loose. Maybe I lost weight! Tim did say I looked thinner yesterday. My scale hasn't been giving me any amazing news. But who knows......

The crazy thing is the last time I took a shower was yesterday. In all that time, I never noticed it was missing. Well, unless it fell while I was turning the water on for Jack. I don't think it did though. I think I would see it happening, or at least hear it. Feel it, maybe? But if I was taking a shower, my eyes might have been closed. The water falling on my head might have drowned out the sound of it falling.

The other thing is....

Yesterday, Jack and I entered the master bedroom to play a game. There's a photo of Jack on the dresser. Well, there WAS a photo. When we came in the room, it was on the carpet. The glass on the frame was shattered. I'm trying not to be scared of this. Once a photo of one of my nieces fell on our staircase and shattered. That gave me the creeps. I thought it might mean something bad would happen to her. But that happened a long time ago and she's fine (KNOCK ON WOOD).

So what does it all mean? I like to look at things from all possible angles.

A) Random scientific occurrences that coincidently happened within a short period of time?

B) A horrible omen

C) A mischievous Poltergeist.

D) benign spiritual messages that I'll never quite understand.

The funny thing about the photo is I had sort of wanted to replace it. We had bought new photos recently and were replacing most of the photos in frames. I mentioned replacing that one and Jack didn't want me to. It's a picture of him as a baby wearing a little devil Halloween costume. It's never been one of my favorites in terms of his baby photos. But I didn't push the issue.

As for the ring....I don't know.

The last time we returned from Australia, one of my favorite bracelets broke. I was already really sad. When I saw the beads crashing all over the kitchen floor, I was devastated. When the ring broke, I was okay. I'm a little nervous it might mean something awful; but I'm not sad. I no longer feel I need a ring to prove I love Australia. I don't need material proof. I have a whole damn blog!

MAYBE the broken picture symbolizes that every child has a little bit of devil/demon in them. And now Jack's little demon is gone. Maybe he'll behave perfectly ALL the time for now on. Ha! Yeah......


Andrew said...

Iron ore sounds brittle to me. Good excuse to come back to buy another. And we have an extensive range of photo frames from the ghastly to stunning. Just badly placed and it fell. Plucked from the back of my brain, there is an aircraft base in Fort Worth? Vibration from the planes.

Dina said...


You know....I did think to myself "Is this my punishment for not buying the plane tickets?"

I looked up the symbolism of broken rings. The dream dictionary said my loyalty is being questioned.

Maybe not buying the plane tickets shows I'm not loyal enough.

I guess writing in a blog every day is just not enough.

What? Do I need to have the Aussie flag tattooed across my forehead or something?

I guess Iron Ore IS brittle. I suppose I should be grateful that I had it for 16 months.

I'm gonna miss that little ring.

M+B said...

I'm going with answer c)... actually no make that d)? Yes, definately d) the benign messages you will never understand :)

If you'd like to trial an Australian flag tattooed on your forhead, I'm sure I still have some spare from Australia day, I could post them!

By the way, I'm still here reading, if not commenting!

Dina said...


I hope it's D!

Thanks for the tattoo offer. Please send them NOW! I'll tattoo my whole face. Maybe I'll do Aussie flags on my nails as well ; )

I shall PROVE my dedication!

Alison said...

I think the ring just means Australia wants you to come back to replace it!

Dina said...


I think that could be it ; )

Rebecca/beccaelf said...

I also agree with the notion of Australia wanting you to come back to replace it.

Jayne said...

Yep, you need to get back here to replace your ring :P

mscherrylane said...

Hey, don't worry these things are replaceable. If you can't wait I'd be happy to pick you up another and send it WITH LOVE from Oz!! cheers :)

Dina said...

Rebecca: Maybe? It's kind of sweet if that's true. If so, would it be bad if, out of spite, I replace the ring with a cheap gumball machine one?

Jayne: Yeah. It might be one of the first things I buy : ) I'll miss that ring.

mscherrylane: That's incredibly sweet of you. I might take you up on the offer someday. Right now though, I kind of feel I need to go and buy it for myself. But like I said, I'm really bad at figuring all this stuff out.

traceyleigh said...

Ohhh I'm so sorry to read that it broke :-( Hate it when things like that happen.

Love to you.

Dina said...



Maybe the lesson for me is I should stop getting emotionally attached to jewelry. I seem to have bad luck with it.

Fe said...

It definitely means that you have to come to Oz to replace the ring.

And I have had that same kind of photo experience happen a couple of times. In fact, I do place some significance on it. It's usually a reminder of something (birthday... anniversary etc) that I've forgotten. Although I'm not sure that that is your case as it's a pic of Jack. Maybe it's about realising how fast he's growing?? I'm clutching at straws here! LOL.

I love your reasoning though. It's most likely that the devil within him has GONE!


Stephen Moore said...

I'll go with thought a. Minus the word scientific.

Sometimes things happen in clusters for no other reason than that's what happens in chance occurrences.

And there's no meaning or significance to such events, other than whatever meaning or significance one chooses to ascribe to them.

Which is not to say that I am dismissing the sadness or disappointment associated with these two events. They are important objects, imbued with significance and meaning to you. It is saddening that the ring and the frame broke, and I do feel sorrow with you, Dina. Hoping you feel better.

My word verification is fulans. It's a funny sounding word and makes me smile. Hope it brings a smile to you, too.

Dina said...

Fe: I think it means I can cancel the appointment with the Exorcist ; )
I had a pregnancy scare the other week. I'm hoping it's a message saying don't worry. No more babies for you.

Stephen: I'm not surprised you picked A. That's usually my least favorite choice. I like to believe there's meaning in EVERYTHING. But in this case, random clusters of nothingness sounds comforting.

And no worries...not feeling a lot of sorrow. The ring and frame...not a huge loss compared to the two cameras. I think I'm more worried about there being some horrid message behind it all.