Man digs up a lost wedding ring, manages to find the owner just before Christmas

Man digs up a lost wedding ring, manages to find the owner just before Christmas

Most of the time when we lose something it’s gone forever. The more time passes, the harder these things are to find and the less people remember or care about them. It’s even worse when the thing you’ve lost connects you to someone you hold dear. Fortunately, sometimes the world works in mysterious ways—if you’re looking for an old-fashioned, heartwarming Christmas miracle, this story might do the trick.
Man digs up a lost wedding ring, manages to find the owner just before Christmas
About 15 to 18 years ago, a man named David Penner was shopping for a Christmas tree at Wyckoff’s Tree Farm in White Township, New Jersey. Though he found a tree, in the process of cutting it down Penner had a bit of an accident. “It was cold and brisk and I had no gloves,” he says. “I flung my hand and apparently I lost the ring.” Although he searched that day and the next, Penner eventually gave up.
Many years later, John Wyckoff was planting trees in the spring and he saw something shining through the soil. Sure enough, it was a wedding band. “When I went in for lunch, I rinsed it off and took a look at it,” he says. “On the inside there’s an inscription that says, ‘To David, love Nancy.’”
Man digs up a lost wedding ring, manages to find the owner just before Christmas

Wyckoff says he kept the lost ring on his window sill for years, having no idea how he would ever reconnect the previous object with its original owner. Fortunately, Wyckoff had a hunch that exposing the story through social media just might do the trick. Later that year, NJ Advance Media ran a video about the story online and just a few days later, Penner was on Wyckoff’s doorstep.
After being welcomed in and passing an unusually thorough quiz about the ring (which you can see for yourself in the video below), Wyckoff realized that the ring meant more to Penner that he could’ve ever imagined. As it turns out, Penner’s lost ring now held a significance that it never did before, though we’ll leave it our readers to find out why. Prepare for tears on this one, guys.
Man digs up a lost wedding ring, manages to find the owner just before Christmas

The chance encounter between these two men is just another reason to pay attention to the world around us and to strive to connect with others whenever possible—you never know what part you’ll play in their story. As Wyckoff says, there “couldn’t have been a happier ending” than what passed between him and Penner.
For his part, Penner agrees. “It seems like somebody up above was looking down,” he says with a smile. “It’s like the best Christmas present you could have.” We’re being very careful not to spoil this one because it’s a gem. In all, this story reminds us all to care more and to take interest in the lives of others and is sure to get you in the wistful and warm spirit of the season. Who said nothing good ever came out of social media?