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A wife and her husband received the most incredible Christmas present from his parents when they found and returned the married couple’s wedding ring to them after it had been lost more than 21 years.
Nick and Shaina Day lived in his parent’s home in Lakeland, Florida a few months after they had gotten married and Shaina placed the ring on the bathroom counter. After taking a shower, she got out and was sopping up the water and accidentally knocked her ring off the counter and into the toilet.
She told FOX 13 Tampa Bay, “I’d taken my ring off. It was sitting on the counter, so when I sopped up the water, I guess I didn’t pay attention very well, snagged my ring in the process and tossed it in the toilet and flushed it.”
At the time, they wanted it back so bad that she had to get down in the septic tank with a hose and suck up all the poop to filter it through a mesh screen to try and find the ring. However, the ring was never found.
“I climbed down into the septic tank with a hose that I had to suck up everything that was down there, and I pumped it through a hose over a screen, a window screen, into a 55 gallon drum,” she said.
Now 21 years later while Nick’s parents were getting their toilet replaced, the old one was pulled up and while it was being placed in the bathtub the ring fell out.
“The plumber unhooked it from the ground and then just dumped it over in the tub to get the excess water out, so when he took it out it didn’t drip through the house, and when he did, the ring came out,” Nick said.
That’s when they obviously cleaned it, then wrapped it up in a small ceramic toilet statue and gave it back to Nick and Shaina as a “genuine” Christmas present.
FOX 13 Tampa Bay reshared the home video to their YouTube channel where Shaina can be heard saying in the video as her eyes lit up with excitement, “Is that my ring?”
The couple was completely shocked and you can see it in their faces in the video the parents took of the couple as they were opening up the gift.
“That just is absolutely amazing that it’s just been sitting there because we had just thought it was gone,” Shaina said. “It was never coming back.”
The gold ring with all its diamonds was still perfectly intact. After the parents gave it a thorough cleaning and the couple got it back, they said the ring is more meaningful to them now.
“To know that everyone cared enough about it and thought it was so cool that they didn’t tell us, it was an actual genuine surprise,” Nick said. “It was. It brought tears to both our eyes.”