The infinity sign became very familiar to me in college as I "manipulated" it during the three semesters of calculus required for my statistics major. I was in the midst of my second semester of calculus when Brian and I started dating. As a chemistry major he too, was very familiar with this mathematical figure.
This image symbolizes infinity and to us (freshly in love) it meant that our love would go on forever and ever. It is found scattered throughout the love letters we sent back and forth during our long-distance engagement.
In graduate school Brian was required to take a machining class and he made me a brass heart one Valentine's day complete with stand. Of course, he engraved the infinity symbol into it.
Years ago, while perusing the wares on Telegraph Avenue, we spied a ring that we HAD to purchase. It really was a love knot, but to us it was our infinity sign.
While living in Virginia Brian gave me a jewelry box with a name plate on top. The shop keeper insisted he didn't have the infinity sign character, but Brian confidently suggested he use a sideways 8.
Just a few years ago Brian had a gold ring made (exactly like the first one we bought in Berkeley) to go with my gold wedding ring.
A mathematical symbol, yes, but it is a great reminder to the two of us. To love and to BE loved. . . forever. The effort and sacrifice is worth it.
I am not always very lovable, but I guess I have ∞ to work it out.