Tomorrow is my birthday. I'll be 27. And yes, I'm spending my birthday running a marathon. My family was supposed to have a birthday dinner last night (because I have a track meet tonight and we leave for Boston tomorrow) but my sister and nephew were sick so we didn't have it. But, my sister did call me (like, a million times on everyone's phones) to give me my present. She got me this really awesome Nike running outfit that had pink shorts (I LOVE pink!) and a white T-shirt top with two different colors of pink stripes. She was going to put my nickname (MJ) on it so people would scream out my name when I run the marathon. But the outfit was so awesome I asked her not to put my name on it because I'd like to wear it all the time and not just in marathons. Plus, I had already "ruined" a shirt by putting my name on it for Monday.
Great gift, here's the thing. My sister is the average American...works because she has to and lives paycheck to paycheck and usually that doesn't cover it all. She had told me prior to yesterday what she wanted to do for my birthday and said she had to wait until Thursday to buy the shirt (she told me she was going to get me a pink shirt and put my name on it) because that's when she got paid. This already made me feel guilty because she didn't really have the money to even buy me a gift. And I'm okay with her not getting me a gift. Then I went yesterday and she had bought me that whole Nike outfit which I know was way more expensive than just a pink shirt. Now I feel really guilty about taking this gift. I talked to my mom about this and she thinks I should accept the gift because Amy wanted to buy it for me and it made her happy. I almost want to thank her by buying her a gift certificate to somewhere, which I know would probably insult her. Maybe I can just find a way to do something nice for her and return the financial favor without her really knowing it. Any suggestions?
By the way...absolutely LOVE the running outfit she got me. I'm going to wear it Sunday in the Patriot's Run.