Deborah-Ann Denise Beete circa 1978
Today my gorgeous, intelligent, funny as all hell, simply amazing sister turns 40. She wrote such a stunning post for me for my birthday that I wanted to do the same for her on her special day. And what better way to show Debbie how much I love her than with this list of people I love her even more than…
the person who invented donuts
the person who invented popcorn
President Obama at the exact moment he signed the Executive Order that gave federal workers last Christmas Eve as a day off
the Eiffel Tower (which is a person in that “if you like the Eiffel Tower so much why don’t you marry it” kind of way)
the last person who gave me an actual donut
the entire cast of NCIS
the person who invented the list poem
Bradley Cooper speaking French
Ryan Gosling doing anything
all of the Gilmore Girls
Because of Debbie, I know what it is to give love and even more important to receive love. I am so blessed to have you as my best sister. You are truly the best birthday present I ever received—even if you were 23 hours, 1 day, and 17 minutes late.
“little deeb, little peeb” (Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland)
I am three years older than my sister. These photos of us were taken when were around the same age—7 or 8. I am wearing my school uniform because I’d been sick the day before and didn’t know it was picture day, which meant regular clothes. (This is also the same photo that’s on my U.S. citizenship papers.) Both my sister and I rocked the multi-braid, multi-barrette look in many of our school photos. I don’t think Debbie ever smiled in any of her school pictures. I don’t know why. It has taken us a long time, but my sister is my best friend. She is, truly, the best-tasting pickle I ever heard!