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Losing something you care about is heartbreaking. But there’s very little that hurts more than losing something as precious as an engagement ring. Just ask Mary Grams of Camrose, Alberta, who, 13 years ago, misplaced the ring she was given by her husband Norm in 1951.

“I cried for I don’t know how many days,” Grams told CTV News.

The now 84-year-old says she lost the ring while doing some gardening on the family farm back in 2004, and after realizing she’d misplaced the cherished piece of jewellery, searched high and low. When she came up empty handed, Grams decided to quietly replace the ring, wearing a fake for over a decade, fessing up only to her son about the unfortunate accident.

But just this summer, Grams got a call from her daughter-in-law, wanting to know if an engagement ring had ever been misplaced on the farm, because, surprise, one had been dug up — literally! As if ripped from the pages of a picture book, a carrot that was harvested from the soil had grown right through Grams’ ring.

“She said, ‘Did you lose an engagement ring?’ And I said, ‘Yes,’ and then she started laughing,” said Grams.

While Grams never did tell Norm, who passed away five years ago, she thinks he would’ve appreciated the serendipity. “Maybe he would’ve got a laugh out of this,” she said.

There’s no word on whether or not Grams still gardens on the farm as she once did, but surely she’ll slip her ring off before getting her hands dirty again. Or, at least get a pair of gardening gloves.

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