Riverbeds and Wedding Rings

Toward the beginning of July, LeLonnie and Mark Alexander were camping near Rogers City, Michigan.  They decided to stop at Ocqueoc Falls and take some pictures.  As LeLonnie stepped closer in order to capture the perfect shot she found herself slipping into 5 feet of water.  She was waving her arms around trying to work her way out when her wedding ring slipped off her finger.

The couple searched for the ring in the riverbed among sand and stones, but were unable to locate it.  The ring she had worn for ten years was gone.  Before heading back home they left word with the campground workers and the local police station, offering a reward of $200 to anyone who found her ring.

In walks the hero of our story – 12 year old Caden Gersky of Nashville, Tennessee was up camping with his family.  He heard people talking about the missing ring and decided to embark on a treasure hunt.  But not to obtain treasure for himself, he was looking for LeLonnie’s treasure.

He began his pursuit of the lost ring with his snorkel gear.  After only 30 minutes of diving down and rummaging through sand and stone, Caden spotted a shiny gold object peeking out from under a rock.

LeLonnie couldn’t believe her ears when she answered the phone as the police gave her the news that Caden had found her lost ring.

Caden’s act of sacrificing his time to search for such a deeply sentimental object for another soon went viral.  The New York Daily News ran the story; reaching all the way to London’s The Daily Mail; not to mention the wave of social media blitz it caused.

LeLonnie was able to meet Caden’s father, John.  She gave him the $200 reward she had promised in exchange for her ring.  She had also heard that Caden played hockey and brought a gift of some autographed Red Wings cards she had acquired while working for the Flint Generals some years earlier.

We all have items in our possession that we hold dear.  While a number of others probably heard about LeLonnie’s lost ring it was a young boy who took the time and effort required to reunite the owner to her treasure;  feeling the weight of importance felt by another.  True compassion in genuine form.

If you are in search of a more purposeful, joy-filled life be open to opportunities you hear of, even in passing, that may give you the opportunity to help another.

31 days

This post is part of the Nester’s 31 Day Challenge; Writing on the same topic each day of the month of October.  Click on over to the Challenge to find a number of topics and authors ranging from Simplicity & Organizing to Personal Endeavors.  You can head back here and scroll to the bottom of this post for a listing of all 31 days of Good News & Good People Doing Good Things.

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