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The Christmas holiday season is a very busy time for pet sitters. I was running all over to nearby Dallas neighborhoods to serve breakfast, take pups on walks, serve lunch and then serve dinner.
On Christmas Eve at approximately 10:50am, through all this chaos that is my schedule, my big brother send me a texts asking me if I have time to run by BWC, a photo lab that I use a lot, to pick up a $100 gift card for his daughter and to know if I could cover it until he could pay me back. I asked in return if he even knew if BWC was open on Christmas Eve. Come to find, they close at noon and I told him that I probably wouldn’t be able to make it over there before they close. He said it was cool and not to worry about it.
Here’s the thing though- when it comes to my big brother asking me to do favors I always want to be able to do them for him. He does so much for me that seriously it is the least I can do to try and do what he asks. After all it was Christmas and if it’s something for my neice then I definitely wanted to try and complete this mission.
A few moments later, I text him back that Christmas miracles can happen. I let him know that I’d be able to get down there to pick it up for him and thankfully, to my generous clients, I’d be able to cover the $100 bucks from the tips I’ve received.
So I’m at the lab purchasing a $100 gift certificate for my niece. Their gift certificates are designed to kind of look like checks. So you write the name of the person in the “Pay to the Order Of” line and write in the amount, etc, etc. So I just wrote in my niece’s name because that’s who I was told it was for and wrote in the amount of $100. I was very happy that I was able to do this for my big brother and in turn for my niece.
And now it is Christmas day and I was fortunate enough to have a couple of hours to come to the house and spend time with my family. I came home just in time for presents. My niece hands me a white envelope with my name written on it. I was not expecting anything for Christmas because I could not afford to buy presents for anyone really. Well, I open up this crisp, white envelope and it’s the gift certificate. I turn to my brother and say, “Hey! You wrote my name on the envelope but this is the gift certificate for Jenny.” He then proceeds to explain to me that he tricked me into buying my own Christmas present with my own money. The whole time on Christmas Eve day, he is texting his daughter and letting her know that he thinks he may have succeeded in getting me to buy my own gift and with my own money.
With everyone around on Christmas Day, this caused hugh amounts of laughter. Everybody is teasing my big brother calling him a genius and teasing me calling me a dope. It was quite hilarious! And actually was an awesome gift. It was from my big brother, my niece and her husband.
A few days later, my big brother paid me back the $100 dollars that I used from my own wallet to buy my own gift. Making memories!