We had a few late entries for the oddest reason for being out of work. We decided to include one of them this week as a poignant reminder that the fact that it is an unusual excuse doesn't mean it's a fake one--and an understanding employer can mean a lot to an employee.
“My own oddest reason for missing work was that one of the diamonds from my mother's wedding ring had fallen out of the ring, and I was literally sick about it! My mom had recently remarried (at the age of 86!) and on the day we bought her dress, she had given me the ring my dad had commissioned for her (he had died a few years prior to this). The ring included her mother's engagement diamond, her engagement diamond, and a third diamond that Daddy had bought as a gift for their 50th wedding anniversary. The ring itself was made of the gold from her mother's and her own wedding sets. I spent the day at home taking traps off drains, looking down floor vents, and vacuuming EVERYWHERE and putting the contents of the vacuum bags through my flour sifter, looking for that third diamond. I'm still looking...I haven't tossed a vacuum bag yet without sifting it, hoping it will turn up. I am just grateful that my boss understood how heartsick I was, and allowed me to take that one day to try to find that missing stone.” – Anonymous
We hope you find it.