She is finishing her college degree and works part-time so she can pay rent; so I know that she doesn't have money to buy a gift for my birthday. Of course I have been paying half of her rent, so she should have a little extra money... but I don't want a gift, just to do something special, you know like draw a picture in the sand, wake me up by singing happy birthday, something a little extra that doesn't cost anything.
When I told her that it was my birthday last year, she responded that she doesn't even remember her best friend's birthday. We were on a break during my birthday this year, so I can't blame her for that. Are my expectations valid or should I just resign to the fact that if I want to be with her, don't expect to be treated special on my birthday?