My Precious

For the past fifteen years I’ve worked at a cheese processing factory without incident—until last week. I was taking off my gloves to go on break and my wedding band came off with them. I reached out quickly to try to grab it, but it was too late; it had fallen into one of the massive vats.

I immediately ran downstairs to shut off the machine and try to retrieve the jewelry. The ring isn’t expensive, but it’s been in my family for six generations, so it has some substantial sentimental value. Luckily the stainless steel strainer in the bottom of the vat caught the ring and my family’s precious heirloom was preserved.