Imagine the scene: you are picking lettuce in the garden and a strange carrot, lying there among the other plants, catches your eye. Intrigued, you approach her and discover that she is very different from her peers. The reason? Pretty unlikely!

We are not describing a fictional situation, but exactly what happened to a Canadian woman, who will certainly not easily forget her curious discovery, which was then shared on the web and went viral around the world. This carrot brought to light a family heirloom, an object considered lost for years. Are you ready to find out?

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image credit: Maxpixel – Not the actual photo

If you are lucky enough to live in a house with an outdoor green space and perhaps even a vegetable garden, you know how practical and functional it is to grow your own produce and stock up on it in case of need. That’s what Colleen Daly did when, one evening, she went out to pick some lettuce in the kitchen garden on the farm where she lives with her husband.

Once there, the famous carrot was ready to show itself in all its extravagance. Why? Simple: it looked like someone had proposed to her… This vegetable had a gold engagement ring hanging around him !

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image credit: ilovebutter/Flickr – Not the actual photo

How was this possible? Where did this ring come from? After the first natural moment of amazement, things started to take shape. This garden, managed and maintained for decades by the parents of Colleen’s husband, contained a real family secret.

It was there that 13 years earlier, Colleen’s stepmother, Mary Grams, had lost her engagement ring while gardening. She realized it soon after and couldn’t find it. So she decided to only tell her son what had happened. Her husband Norman should never have found out because, according to Mary, he would have been very upset to learn of the loss of a ring she had worn since 1951.

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She bought another similar ring, wore it and everything went as if nothing had happened. In the years that followed, she and her husband moved away, leaving the farm to their son and his wife Colleen. The rest, as they say, is history, and it seems the garden has decided to give back to the family what was lost, proving that the house – and the garden too – hide but don’t steal!

Marie’s son already knew who the ring belonged to, and the most amazing thing is that a whole carrot had grown around it. It was as if nature wanted to actively participate in family memory and make it alive and present after so many years. Incredible, isn’t it?

source used: BBC

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