WILMINGTON, N.C. (CBS Charlotte) – Never give up. It’s the age-old lesson recently learned by happily married couple Wayne and Billie Phillips years after losing – then finding – something precious.
Back in 1978, Wayne was gardening and noticed something was missing from his finger – his wedding ring.
“So, I came back home to look for it,” Wayne told WECT-TV. “I couldn’t find it. I looked for it for several days after that … [before] I said, ‘Well, it’s just gone.”
“I just told him not to worry about it, that we would just go get another one,” Billie added to the station. “It’s not the same, but we replaced it.”
Over 30 years later, Wayne was out gardening at the same house when a blast from the past resurfaced.
“I just happened to hit a piece of metal,” he explained. “I heard it clink on the rake, and I couldn’t figure out what it was.”
The mystery object turned out to be the very same ring he had lost 34 years ago.
“I didn’t know whether to run, cry, holler, or scream, so I washed it off and came into the house and put it in Billie’s hand to show we got it back,” he added to the station.
The couple got their ring back, and with it, a valuable life lesson.
“If you believe in something long enough and hard enough, it can happen,” he explained to WECT-TV. “There’s proof.”