Digging for Treasure

PHOTO PROMPT © Connie Gayer

He’s doing it again—digging for the diamond ring that plopped out of his hand the night he proposed in the middle of a cornfield.

“Honey, just give up.” I hand him a glass of lemonade.


Two hours later, he runs into the kitchen, smiling huge through sweat and tears.

My heart skips a beat. “You find it?”

“Nope. But I realized something.”


“Forty years ago, that ring became a seed that grew into something more precious than any diamond could ever be. Us. I think I best leave it be.”

His kiss is sweet and salty.

99 Words

This story is inspired by the marriage of Connie and Russell Gayer. They are funny, loving, dedicated, committed and loyal, even after decades together. Their marriage is truly a treasure and an inspiration in more ways than one!

Thank you too, to our Friday Fictioneers leader, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. As I’ve said to you many times before, you, too, are an inspiration!

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30 Responses to Digging for Treasure

  1. StuHN says:

    You’re a romantic softie too. Admit it!! 🙂

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  2. neilmacdon says:

    I like the sweet and salty kiss

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  3. Dear Jan,

    I can just see this adorable couple. Lovely tribute to two sweet people. Of course if Russell reads this I’ll deny calling him anything but salty. 😉 Good one.



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  4. Aw, that’s beautiful. 🙂

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  5. The nature of the lost thing never found. Well done. It’s like tilting at windmills, but with a shovel.

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  6. jillyfunnell says:

    Aw, sweet – all the world loves a lover. And a long happy relationship is something to be treasured and admired.

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  7. Dale says:

    That was beautiful, Jan. They are the cutest couple indeed…

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  8. Love it… indeed sometimes you have to admire what comes out of the seed…. let the ring be.

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  9. Aww, that was sweet. Connie and I read it together this morning.
    Here’s the real lowdown, I found the diamond when I found HER. She’s a gem.

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  10. subroto says:

    Wonderful! Such a sweet and salty story 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  11. pennygadd51 says:

    I loved your story. It was original, nicely crafted with believable characters and dialogue, and a sweet pay-off. Delightful!

    Liked by 1 person

  12. If only we all could learn to live and let go.


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