That American bandana in my closet? I stole that. Her mom liked me and let me borrow it for our fourth of July party, and when we were giving our stuff back I forgot it was in my room. Then I saw it and decided, this is mine now I don’t think I’ve worn it since. In the eyes of the law we call this an “adverse possession” the intent to own and keep something that isn’t yours. I know she’d roll her eyes if she saw me putting our relationship into legalese.
That stormtrooper nutcracker? That was a gift, a Birthday gift, an April Birthday gift. Who the hell gives a Christmas present as a birthday gift? She did. I kept it. And with gifts there is no “consideration” which to lawyers means a bargain or exchange of promises, a gift is a “I love you and want you to have this because I like to make you happy. But also, if we end I want you to look at this for the rest of your life and wonder what would have happened if we could have survived that last fight?” You don’t get to bargain for that, you get the gift and the grief. and she gets to know that you’re going to miss her every day. Sometimes I wonder who the lawyer really is.