We both came from homes that did not provide ideal role models. We both had had first marriages that left us with some baggage. Because of these things our relationship had maybe as many ups as it did downs.
We both underwent a learning process as the years went by and have finally reached a better place.
Seven years ago when we became engaged thoughts of engagement rings swirled around in my head. I hinted that I wanted one. I came right out and said that I wish I had one. His response was that he wouldn't buy one until he was sure that at some point I wouldn't take it off and throw it at him.
Having a ring isn't such as big a deal for me anymore. I don't need one to know how much he loves me. (Smile.)