I actually did a little research this morning in order to write this post. It all started a few months ago when I started thinking about rings and what they mean and why it seems that only women receive engagement rings when I believe it should be both the man and the woman. I’ve been on too many sites to remember which one I read it on, but I read somewhere that – actually I just found it. It’s on Wikipedia under Wedding Ring.
It says that in some Nordic countries it is typical for the man and the woman to wear engagement rings and then they become wedding rings after the ceremony. It says that the engagement is a matter of agreement between the two and rings are chosen together. I think I like this way more than, say, the Romans where the ring given to the bride was a symbol of ownership rather than love.
The origins are said to be with the ancient Egyptians and the ring was a symbol of eternity and never-ending love. They also chose the left ring finger because it was said to hold a vein that was connected to the heart.
The ring finger isn’t the only finger that has symbolism behind wearing a ring. I found this website that lists each finger and the meaning behind wearing a ring on it. I think it’s pretty interesting actually.
I’m inclined to think about this topic the same way I think about most things. I don’t want to do something just because everyone around me is doing it that way. I like to understand why we do things and if I think it’s ridiculous, I will change it.
At this point in my life, it’s not an easy decision to make. I want to spend the rest of my life with my boyfriend, but does it really matter how that happens? We live together… we share our lives together in every way… does a ring or a piece of paper you sign in front of a judge change that?
I don’t think it does, but I also really like symbolism and if each of us wearing a ring on our left hand signifies our eternal love for each other, than I’m all for it. Diamonds aren’t such a bad thing either, if it comes to that.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is hosted by Linda G. Hill and Love Is In Da Blog is hosted by Bee at Just Fooling around with Bee. Linda’s prompt today was “finger” and I was able to bring it all back to love, even though I was stumped at first. 🙂