We might spend our whole lives trying to solve a puzzle without ever finding the answer. Some of us will be able to get over it, while some of us won’t. But when a man revealed to his wife that he’d solved a 15-year-old mystery, it was just too much for her to take.
Kay and Dave Butler had been married for 38 years. It had been a long and happy marriage, one that had produced a daughter, Lacey. In fact, it was Lacey who had the presence of mind to film an incredible moment between her parents. And it was shocking enough to make Kay fall to the ground in surprise.
This story begins with Dave and his wife at home. The pair were cleaning out their house, with Dave sorting through some old possessions. But then he came across a small wooden box, hidden way back on the top shelf of a cabinet.
What Dave found inside answered a 15-year-old riddle, and he hadn’t even been looking for it! Lost for so many years, it was an object that had caused much upset when it first went missing. Dave had found Kay’s wedding ring.
And although he was delighted, he knew that it was an opportunity to do something very special indeed. So, Dave had his daughter Lacey film what happened next. Ultimately, the video they recorded ended up going viral.
In it, Kay is hard at work, clearing out a cupboard in the garage. Dave comes up behind her and takes a pose, kneeling with the ring behind his back, waiting for the right moment. Amusingly, Kay doesn’t pay much attention, remaining focused on her task.
Seeing Dave knelt on the ground, Kay then pauses to give him a bemused look before going back to the task at hand. Lacey can be heard off-camera, laughing at the situation. Finally, Kay closes up the cupboard she was sorting through and turns around.
In doing so, she finally takes a good look at Dave, who’s still kneeling. After a couple of seconds, Dave pulls his arm around to reveal what’s in his hand. Kay doesn’t react at first, as she tries to figure out what she’s looking at.
After a couple of seconds, the realization seems to hit her. Furthermore, she freezes, unable to take her eyes away from what Dave is holding in his hand. It’s at this moment that the full weight of the discovery hits her, and she falls to the ground.
Dumbfounded, Kay sits with her legs splayed apart on the floor of her garage, hands over her mouth. “No way,” she says. “Where did you find that?” Then, she moves forward to kneel in front of Dave and marvel at his find.
This is the point when Dave chooses to drop a fantastic line. Holding the ring in his hand, he asks Kay to marry him all over again. The emotion of it all becomes too much for his wife, who says yes, and then embraces him as she begins to weep.
Next, Kay removes another ring she had on her wedding finger, putting it on her other hand. She replaces it with the wedding ring from her husband and is delighted to find that it still fits, even after 15 years. It had been a long time to go without such a special, sentimental item.
Indeed, when Kay originally lost the ring all those years ago, it had been a traumatic experience. “We searched the house high and low for months,” daughter Lacey explained in the YouTube description, “and finally came to the conclusion that it was lost on a job site, or stolen.”
Speaking to KATU News in 2014, Kay remembered back to the day she lost her precious ring. “I put it away in a safe spot, because I was doing heavy construction, and was afraid that with the cold weather my hands would shrink down and it would fall off.”
“And the fear of losing that on the job site – you might as well forget it – you’d never find anything again when you lose stuff out there like that,” Kay said. “And so I put it away in a safe spot. I didn’t realize I put it up there.”
Because of the length of time that had passed, Kay felt that being reunited with her special ring was somewhat spiritual, as if it were fated. “It’s a slice of heaven – a big slice of heaven,” she said. “I feel like my life is back into its full circle. It’s great.”
Her daughter Lacey clearly enjoyed the experience too, writing on YouTube about it. “We knew reuniting them was going to be emotional enough but Dad and I had to add a twist. Maybe she was a little dramatic, but hey, it’s her missing wedding ring!”
They didn’t know it when they were being filmed, but Dave and Kay’s emotional moment went on to become incredibly popular. As a matter of fact, the video, titled The Missing Ring, has well over 2 million views on YouTube. Additionally, there are almost 500 comments.
Most of these are from people who have been impressed by the moment that was caught on tape. Indeed, many people are touched by the level of effort that Dave put in. He turned a smaller moment into an affirmation of the couple’s long relationship and love.
Ultimately, Lacey wanted to thank people for their wonderful reaction to this lovely story. “Our family can’t even believe the attention that this has gotten,” she replied in one of the YouTube comments. “We are truly honored we could touch so many people with this story.”