My retired adman dad loved his girlfriend, but for heaven's sake, they were 80 years old, he'd already been married twice and she once, and why on earth would they intertwine their finances by getting married?
So he bought her a ring. A pretty ring.
And on the inside of it he had a message engraved.
"For all the years we've had, and all the years we will have." (Just 60 characters!)
He gave it to her to wear forever.
He leaned over to me and whispered, "Buddy, you gotta be a pretty good writer to say all that and not find yourself married."