NEITHER A BORROWER …

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NEITHER A BORROWER …



How long do you have to have borrowed something before it actually is yours because you have no intention of returning it?

What?

You are surprised by that question?

Don’t shake your head at me. It’s a valid question!

If you borrow a tool and return it the next week, then the tool was definitely borrowed.

What if you keep this same tool for a month?

The entire working season?

What if you suddenly discover, seven years later, that on the handle on this tool is engraved a last name that is NOT your last name?

Yea, I bet that has happened before.

Is there an expiration date on borrowing?

Should you just go by what your conscience tells you?

After seven years of NOT RETURNING … can you trust your conscience?



Written for FANDANGO’S ONE-WORD-CHALLENGE: BORROW and DAILY ADDICTIONS: SEVEN.

4 thoughts on “NEITHER A BORROWER …

  1. I ‘get’ that you were writing for the Daily Prompts and not asking those questions per se. But questions, however rhetorical, must be answered.

    How long do you have to have borrowed something before it actually is yours because you have no intention of returning it? I was always horrible about remembering to return stuff I’d borrowed. Eventually I got the habit of NEVER borrowing. I had people borrow stuff from me and never return it and I didn’t like it, so I just stopped borrowing and wouldn’t lend things to others either. If I ‘lent’ an item, I considered it a gift to whomever got it and I did not expect to get it back.

    Is there an expiration date on borrowing? Yeah. Give it back as soon as possible. Use it, clean it up (we got stuff back sometimes that was filthy – like yard tools etc)
    and give it back. Unless stated, it ain’t YOURS.

    Should you just go by what your conscience tells you? Probably. Sometimes the borrowed stuff is pretty trivial.

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  2. I have a hard and fast rule… I never lend out anything that I expect to get back, in other words, if I’m lending something to someone, I’m actually giving it to them. If I get it back, bonus, if not… no lose to me. And I never borrow anything without reminding the giver of my hard and fast rule. In other words, don’t lend it to me if you expect to get it back because I have a shitty memory and they may never get it back. It just saves on the heartache and discontent later.

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