This is probably wrong, but in according to Trina, my sounding board for 'ground rules' early on, it is okay for me to accept gifts. The part of me that is 'following the letter of the law, but not the spirit' is the part that allowed me to go to the Dufferin Mall today with a chronically generous relative. Being at the mall, meandering through stores full of shiny new things on sale, makes it way harder not to think about WANTS. Everything combines to feed your temptation. So, after milling about several shoe stores as she tried on pair after pair, we came to one where there was a sale, plus an extra discount on the second pair. She offered to buy me a pair as a birthday gift. I halfheartedly replied 'I only want donations to my www.endcancer.ca walk for my birthday gift this year'. She didn't have to push me very hard to accept her offer. And then I was trying on shoes. All kinds of shoes. I ended up getting a pair of grey swede, low-heeled, shortish boots. Grey to match me pushing the limits of the grey area of the strength of my convictions.
But, come on. They were $150 dollar boots and cost her $35. It was a crime not to let someone buy them for me, right?
Your very human pal,