My old family farm house home burned down about 25 years ago. Everything was burned to ashes, except a single Japanese ceramic doodad my oldest brother had picked up in Japan. It was of such kiln fired quality, it took the heat. 150 year old white oak really put out a hot fire.
Sorry about the fire but maybe this can now be a symbol of their resilient marriage.
super sorry about your loss. what a terrible terrible fire. did you get a new home (e.g. from insurance)?
A ring so resilient, you'd have to drop it into a volcano in order to destroy it.
At least your mom can take comfort in the fact your dad got her a real diamond.
One time, my friends/coworkers and I were tasked with throwing out an old wooden picnic table from the summer camp where we worked. We initially were going to chuck it in the dumpster, but it was kind of an old table and it had a bunch of people's signatures on it, as well as doodles and whatnot. We figured the table had too much character to throw away, so we retired it with dignity, in a huge bonfire. We invited the whole camp staff and made a big thing out of it.
We collected all the bolts and nuts and gave them to staff members that were at the bonfire as a keepsake. It was a very nice moment, seeing something with so much history being retired while the people who gave it its character in attendance. I still have my bolt somewhere.