Deb’s birthday is this Saturday, May 28, and she would have been 56 years old.
I found this adorable letter that 11 year old Deb wrote to her Dad with her birthday wish list. Note the return address of “Daughter Gifford, Upstairs Bedroom, Our Home, 41131819112623425. And it was addressed to: “Dad Gifford, Downstairs Bedroom, Our House, 52432611918131, USSR (editorial note: I never knew Deb lived in Russia 🙂 )
May I have one or two items on this list for my birthday if posable (editorial note: spelling was never really her thing 🙂 ).
radio, alarm clock, bedside table with small lamp, room divider, pillow, watch
This is soooooooooooooo Debbie – even at a young age, she was immensely practical, yet always the jokester. There’s no doubt in my mind she actually wanted (and could use) each of those items. But I can just picture her sitting down to write this letter with a big smile on her face. And I can also imagine how it made her Dad smile and how it warmed his heart to read it and then look at Deb who surely had a very sheepish grin on her face.
I wonder which of these items she ended up with – or perhaps all of them!
Happy Birthday, Deb! We miss you so much, but we also know that heaven is full of laughter because of you. Until we meet again, we’ll continue to cherish these precious memories.