風塵僕僕的白麗一夜沒有睡好，第二天台生夫婦帶她到珠寶行，不意那家店員卻告訴他們說她要的那一款戒指已經賣光了, 如玉一聽, 一顆心立刻沈入谷底。
「廣生告訴我說他見到白麗梳妝台上两隻一模一樣的珠宝盒,裡面的收據卻是不同的日期, 就心存疑問了,他當初还以為是白麗請我们郵購的呢! 後來知道了是白麗親自到美國來選購的, 當然格外感動了!」
「白麗最近忙着筹備慶祝他们五十週年的金婚念, 廣生打算在他们金婚記念日當眾向她告白, 再加送他這次瞞着白丽又在同一家珠宝行購買的一對耳環呢!」
余國英 Gwen Li
989 Webster Street, Apt450,
Oakland, California, 94607
A Diamond Ring, by Gwo-ying Li
Edited by Descartes Li
More than 20 years ago, Jade received a phone call from her husband Tyson’s distant cousin Guangson; "Jade, I am in the United States on business for this weekend. Is it ok for me to stay at your house?" Guangson asked.
Guangson owned an import/export company which shipped merchandises from China and sold in United States. Although he came to the US very frequently, but he was so busy that he seldom had any chance to visit with Tyson and Jade.
"You are very welcome!" Jade answered happily.
Sure enough, that weekend, they picked up cousin Guangson at JFK airport, and then drove him to their home on Long Island, New York.
Guangson told them that he was going to retire soon, and, did not know when he would be back to the United States again. He wanted to come to Long Island to see how Jade and Tyson enjoyed their retired life, and, in addition to that, he also wanted to buy a diamond ring for his wife Bai Li before his retirement.
"We have married so many years. Bai Li has been taking care of my mother, her own mother, plus our three children who are goin to school back in Hong Kong. Bai Li stays in Hong Kong where she is busy taking care of all of us, old and young, day and night. It is really not easy for her! So I want to buy her a diamond ring with the money I've saved over the years! I heard that in the United States you can buy a better quality diamond ring with the same amount of money. Would you be willing to help me out?” Guangson said with great sincerity.
Guangson and Bai Li were married in Yunnan where they met. They were “educated youth going to the countryside” during the Cultural Revolution. Bai Li looks like her ethnic minority Bai mother: very beautiful with light complexion. However, her personality was along the lines of her Han father: hard-working, gentle and quiet.
Although Jade and Tyson were no diamond ring experts, they still very enthusiastically took Guangson to a famous jewelry shop in Long Island, New York. They helped him to buy a diamond ring worth about 10,000 dollars, and then escorted a happy cousin Guangson back on to the plane to Hong Kong.
Unexpectedly, about one month later, they received an emergency long-distance call from Bai Li in Hong Kong, she said that since Guangson was in Dongguan doing the company business that weekend, she would fly to the United States to Jade’s house.
A very panicky Bai Li arrived Long Island, and she immediately asked Jade and Tyson to take her to the same jewelry store where her husband Guangson bought the diamond ring. She wanted to purchase an identical ring.
What was going on? It happened that one day, Bai Li was in the Hong Kong restaurant drinking tea with her lady friends. She could not help but show off the diamond ring that her husband had so gratefully given her. She took off the ring from her finger for the ladies to pass around to admire, but it never came back! She was so upset that she eventually she took out 10,000 dollars of her own, money that she had saved for a lifetime, flew to New York, and was now back at Jade and Tyson’s home, telling this story.
Bai Li didn't sleep well that night. The next day Jade and Tyson took her to the very same jewelry store, but the clerk told them that the ring she wanted had been sold out.
"This one, this one is a bit like it!" At a glance, Bai Li saw another diamond ring inside the glass counter and yelled with joy.
"Just like it? Not exactly the same? What if it's recognized by Guangson?” Jade was unsure.
"It doesn't matter. Guangson will never be able to recognize it!” Bai Li was very confident of Guangson’s carelessness.
That very evening, Bai Li flew back to Hong Kong in a hurry.
20 years later, Guangson took Bai Li to travel all over the world. As part of this trip, they went to Florida to visit their retired cousins Jade and Tyson. When they entered the door, Jade and Tyson saw Guangson was holding his wife's leather shoes with one hand, the other hand was wrapped around his wife's waist. The diamond ring on Bai Li’s finger was quietly shining with a warm and soft light.
Seeing the sweet couple so much in love, Jade and Tyson’s hearts beat more comfortably.
After the lovely visit from Guangson and Bai Li left, Jade and Tyson had a little chat between themselves.
Jade could not resist her curiosity, so she asked her husband Tyson. "Hey, it seems that Guangson didn't find out that the ring on Bai Li’s finger was bought with her own pocket money, or did he?"
Tyson laughed. "Of course he did!”
"What?!” Jade was startled.
"Guangson told me that one day he saw two identical jewelry boxes on the Bai Li’s dresser. The receipts inside had different dates, so he had his doubts. Initially, he thought that Bai Li had asked us mail order it. Later, he learned from me that Bai Li personally flew to the United States to purchase the new ring. Of course, Guangson was so moved by his wife’s dedication!"
“Will he tell her?" Jade asked again.
"Guangson intends to publicly confess to her at their 50th anniversary party. Then he’ll give Bai Li a pair of matching earrings that he bought secretly while they were visiting Long Island!"
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