You’d think that this would be high on the list of a single woman’s most-desired questions. Unfortunately, for me it was not.
We’d been dating for four months, although we saw each other only every 9-12 days. He called every day, but we hadn’t really spent much time together. I was fond of him, but didn’t feel enough emotional closeness to feel bonded. So when he asked my ring size on the phone one day, I was surprised.
“Why do you want to know my ring size?” I wasn’t confrontive; my tone was curious.
“Because I want to buy you a ring.”
“Why do you want to buy me a ring?” I asked gently, hoping he wasn’t going to say it was a promise or engagement ring.
“Because I want you to have a bauble to wear and think of me.” I silently exhaled since he didn’t go where I thought he was going.
After sharing my ring size, he asked what kind of ring I desired. As I began describing the size, color, and stone I wanted, he said “Go to hsn.com.” We shopped virtually and I showed him the ring styles I liked.
I thought he would order one and present it to me. Within hours, I received an online gift certificate for the Home Shopping Network. While the thought was sweet, the execution was less than romantic.
I was able to buy two rings — one garnet and one amethyst — with the certificate. And even though we broke up a few months later, now over a year ago, I do think of him when I wear them. But I don’t think it had quite the effect he was hoping for!