In the past here on BlackandMarriedWithKids.com, and the Facebook page there have been conversations about wedding rings. The conversations have ranged from upgrading your ring, to the size of your ring, to why wouldn’t you wear your wedding ring! Wedding rings seem to bring out some deep-hearted discussions with people.
Wedding rings, hard knocks, and football
Recently, HBO kicked off it’s latest season of Hard Knocks. Hard Knocks is a sports series in which HBO follows an NFL team through preseason training. This season, they are following the Cincinnati Bengals, and wedding rings were being discussed…in an NFL preseason training camp. Yes, wedding rings are serious!
The starting quarterback of the Bengals, Andy Dalton, sports a rubber wedding band during practices. His teammates do what good teammates (and coaches) do, they began to give him a hard time about it. But Andy still rocks his rubber ring proudly.
He’s not alone in the dilemma he is facing, being married and being in an environment not really conducive for a wedding ring. Construction workers, surgeons, and equipment operators all face the same challenge. How do you honor your wife and marriage without risking your wedding ring getting lost, damaged, or destroyed? Maybe Andy is on to something.
Do you wear your wedding ring everywhere?
I personally enjoy wearing my wedding ring, and don’t leave home without it. First, I love my wife, our marriage, and think it is pretty cool that someone said “yes” to me. I have no shame in that. But I also don’t want to appear available to anybody.
If my work could lead to me losing or damaging my wedding ring, I may have to think twice about it. The rubber wedding ring seems like a cool solution to that problem.
What kind of message is sent?
Not everybody wears their wedding ring everywhere, and its no big deal. But what kind of message is sent? The message Andy Dalton is sending by wearing his rubber wedding ring in practice, and giving his teammates one more reason to clown, is pretty strong. And truth be told some of teammates probably wish they would be as bold.
BMWK – What are your thoughts on wearing wedding rings all the time? And would you wear a rubber wedding ring?