As a BS, I think we look for meaning in actions that are inherently incomprehensible. We want clear signs that tell us that our Marriages meant the same to our BS that it meant to us. For me, it meant that by focusing on this, it meant that I could avoid looking at the bigger issue, which was why fWH engaged in adulterous behaviour. Whether he took his ring off or not, does not minimize the effect of his transgressions, namely that he had betrayed you and broken his vows to you.
For the record, fWH tells me that he took his ring off when he saw the OW. It does not provide me any comfort that he did so.
This is just one more of those things that we are expected to process, accept and forget it we are to move on eventuallly toward reconciliation.
"Never push a loyal person to the point where they no longer care"
Ask him. And tell him how you feel about even the question and his answer.
For the record, my WH and marriedOW kept theirs on, even while wandering around romantic locales as a couple in love.
Married for over 15 years
2 beautiful boys in elementary school
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Maya Angelou
Logically, I suppose one could say that it doesn't 'matter'; however, the thought of his hand wearing the ring I gave him being on (I won't even go into other possibilities) another woman seems like an added measure of blatant disrespect. There's the symbol of his vows, and he's 'f*ck that!'.
Of course, taking OFF the ring has its own painful spin, but to me it's slightly less disgusting than keeping it on.
Mine came off the minute I knew, and I will never wear it again; I do intend to give it to one of my kids some day.
Due to my fwH's tawdry past stretching all through our history, even my engagement ring was tainted. We wound up getting a new ring made using the original diamond and adding a couple stones. A new symbol for a new start.
Originally my thought had been to melt down our two original wedding bands and have new ones made, but that was absolutely cost prohibitive.
I don't think there is an answer that will make you feel better. When asked, he told me he took it off for himself. He knew it was wrong and he made the conscience and selfish decision to proceed.
I have not worn my ring since dday, it just makes me sad even thinking about it. He still wears his ring, as though he's some sort of "super husband". He told me recently, that he realizes that he should have seen the ring as a warning or a barrier that stopped him, but he didn't see it that way at the time and it proves just how skewed this thoughts were at the time. Gee, now I feel much better, thanks.
I asked and was surprised by the answer and non-answer. He didn't wear it when he was with her. The first reason given was guilt, the second was because he knew that it would make her uncomfortable.
What surprised me was when I asked him about during the work day, since he does not work with her. I thought he would have taken if off at night when he met up with her.
He claimed he didn't remember if he wore it during the day or not. So obviously, he chose not to wear it at all.
So the surprise was that he presented to his work colleagues that he wasn't married. That meant the ring came off when he arrived over there and only went back on when he came back home.
Now the ring means nothing to me. I'm glad I know. I'm not angry, I'm satisfied to have clarity about one more aspect of what I thought reality was. Reality is now reset to understand the depths of his selfishness.
I'm starting to come to terms with how her feelings have overridden mine time and time again.
I met alone with our MC yesterday. She recommended the 180. I now have the strength and determination to do it.
When I pointed out that it was his left hand he used to 'touch her intimately'I first made him Dettol it. That didn't help I still felt sick. Then I made him take it off and hide it.
He replaced it with his old tacky engagement ring I got him as a teenager. I was touched by that. Then he told me he didn't want the ring to be kept in case I ever stumbled across the hiding place. .... So he ceremoniously flushed it down the loo and said he will stick to his engagement ring until we know if I can R and replace his wedding ring. He said the engagement ring means more cos at that time he was the man he wants to be again.
can I be REALLY crude here .... don't read on if you're squeamish! I took great pleasure in going to the toilet straight after he flushed the wedding ring. He shat on our marriage so I did on the ring! it was surprisingly cathartic for me and I feel much happier now every time I see his engagement ring, horrible as it is - cheesy snake ring -because it shows me he wants to start again from scratch and win me back. He refuses to go ringless but turns out he detested the wedding ring after what he did. It was a permanent reminder to him.
..meant that she had no respect for the rings to begin with.
..being my gf or my wife didn't stand in her way from betraying me..
..i don't wear any rings or jewelry at all, ..only my watch!
..as a symbol of all that is sacred in one's marriage, the rings were a total joke..