John and Sandy Murphy were at Uptown Coffee for a cup before going off to separate doctor appointments—Sandy had an eye appointment and John was seeing a podiatrist.
“That’s how it goes when you get old,” Sandy said with a smile. “Doctor appointments.”
When the couple rendezvoused after their respective appointments, John realized he was missing his wedding ring. A ring that cost $10 in 1961, when he married Sandy at St. Thomas More Catholic Church, which, as John recalled, “was just a Quonset Hut then.” A ring that has appreciated in value from $10 to priceless with the accumulation of 62 years of memories.
John retraced his steps, calling at the places he had been, but to no avail. The call to Uptown spurred a call to action on social media, and a few anxious hours later the staff was able to give the Murphys some welcome news.
“Anybody could have picked it up and got a lot of money for it,” said Sandy, “but someone found it on the street and brought it in.”
Faith in humanity. Restored.
The Uptown baristas who spread the word insist on anonymity.
“It was a group effort,” said one.