I want my bike back.
Even though I never want to ride it again and I was sick of mountain biking, it’s still my bike and I want it back because he bought it for my birthday and the idea that she’s riding it now tears me up, knowing that he even put a new seat on it for her so that she’d have a smoother ride.
He wasn’t interested in giving me a smoother ride.
He told me I should be grateful the bike had front and rear shocks, alloy body, flasher than any of my friend’s bikes, he said.
I didn’t tell him I didn’t want shocks or an alloy body. I didn’t tell him I preferred the bikes on the other side of the shop, the upright ones in mint-green with baskets and a bell on the handlebars, like the ones they ride in Amsterdam with a stick of bread poking out the top.
I didn’t say that.
I said thank you instead.
He smiled and pushed the bike out of the shop.
I left my sweat on the handlebars of that bike, wishing every minute of the climb to be over, closing my eyes in terror on every slick corner.
I hated that bike but I want it back anyway because it’s mine, and even though it was a dud-ride it was my dud-ride. I want it back because he bought it for my birthday and the thought of her riding it tears me up and some things are sacred, even bikes.
Navigating relationship property laws?
In dividing property after a break-up, the law distinguishes between relationship property and separate property. Separate property can include gifts, like birthday gifts given by one spouse to another – unless both of you used or had the benefit of it.