By now, you’ve probably heard the saga of the missing class ring.
If you’re Facebook friends with Columbia County EMA Director Pam Tucker, and over 4,000 of us are, you’ve probably seen the posts, and if you’re on her email list, and only about 4,000 of us aren’t, you’ve probably read the details of the 1976 Evans High School class ring that was found last week by a Water Utility worker at the Little River Waste Water Treatment Plant.
The woman’s ring, size five or six, was found in a screen intended to trap such heavy objects. It was dirty, though, meaning it could have been in the system for a long time before it reached the screen. Potentially, a very long time.
When they cleaned the ring up — it was brought to Tucker because of her ability to reach out to the community — they found some initials, checked them against the 1976 senior class in the Evans High yearbook and came to the tentative conclusion that it must belong to a Jeanette Larsen.
The problem is, no one seems to remember a Jeanette Larsen at Evans High, so as of now, the search for the ring’s owner continues.
Given the ferocity with which candidates and their supporters have been fighting each other and the serious issues that are at stake in spite of their juvenile behavior, the ring saga is a meaningless story, a whimsical diversion that has done nothing but allow us to step out of our own problems and worries and contemplate the odd, delicious randomness of life.
Which makes this ring story a pretty rare thing these days.
Of course, not everyone feels such contemplation is appropriate, at least when it’s instigated by a government employee. Tucker is a highly paid director, after all. Her time should be spent doing important things, like coordinating the Damage Assessment Training at the Emergency Operations Center.
Oh, wait… she did. And in spite of the ring.
Seems like she might be doing a better job of resisting the power of the ring than those who suspect her of giving in to it.You Might Also Like: