Stole my mother's engagement ring.
When I was seventeen, I stole my mother's engagement ring. She had it in a little zipper pocket of her purse, waiting to have the band fixed where she had bent it. I don't remember taking it, but I remember when she discovered it missiing in church...and I remember helping her seach for it under the pew, knowing I had taken it. My mother never suspected me.
I am 40 now, and my mother is 75. She brought up her missing engagement ring today for the first time in 23 years. I am pretty sure I took the ring, but I don't remember what I did with it. Probably flushed it down the toilet because I couldn't figure out how to get it back to her....I don't know. I think I took it in the first place just to try it on, then forgot to give it back to her and lied to stay out of trouble. I was a good liar. Apparently I had blocked it out and completely forgotten about it until she brought it up today. The reason she brought it up? My dad had cheated on her with several women, and she mentioned how it was just as well that ring was lost because the vows taken with it meant nothing anyway. But I still feel miserable because I lied to my mother. I want to tell her the truth, but I'm afraid she will never look at me quite the same way again. My mother has always stood by me no matter what, and I can't let her down. I would rather bear the guilt of this old lie than see my mother hurt over something I did 23 years ago. I am very close to my mother, and we talk every day and see each other almost every day. I love her more than anything. She and Dad are still together, but I spend much more time with her. I can't tell her about what I did. But I will do everything in my power to make it up to her from now on.