She explained why on Reddit’s “Am I the A******” forum. The ring is a family heirloom because of its sentimental and monetary value. Her son plans to propose to his on-again-off-again girlfriend with the ring. But the mom is only willing to fork it over if she gets it back should her son get a divorce.
“My son wants to use my mom’s ring to propose to his girlfriend,” she explained. “He apparently told her he would propose with it without telling me, assuming I would let him. I told him I won’t let him use the ring for the engagement, only the wedding, and only after she signs a legal agreement saying the ring is to be returned to the family in the event of a divorce. He is furious because he says having that agreement makes it look like I think they are going to divorce. I admit I think there’s a good chance of that, they broke up in 2019 and got back together again after seven months, and they get into a massive fight at least once a month.”
The mother doesn’t oppose her son’s marriage, but she does want to protect her property.
“If he wants to marry her that’s fine, but I don’t want my mom’s ring, which she got from her great aunt, leaving the family,” she wrote. “He doesn’t want to tell her because it will make it look like he’s worried that their marriage won’t be long-term and [he] wants to use the ring to demonstrate he’s serious. But I don’t want him to give her the ring until the wedding, so she doesn’t run off with it if things go bad. I’m not sure of the value of the ring but it’s got a five-carat ruby and multiple diamonds, so I assume it’s over $10,000 value.”
People thought the mom was making the right call.
“Your son stepped way outta line on this. He sounds entitled and selfish,” a user commented.
“You are 100% entitled to determine what happens with your property,” another said.
“You are being completely reasonable,” someone weighed in.
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