Maid of Honour
First of all, Glor, I just
want to let you know how happy I am to be able to stand beside you on this
special day. You look stunningly beautiful - regardless of which outfit
you're in tonight. But not only tonight; you've always been beautiful both
on the inside and out, ever since we first met in University ten years ago.
It didn't take long for us to bond. Who else beside the two of us was
crazy enough to schedule four hour breaks in between classes? Needless to
say, we became good friends quickly and were inseparable all throughout
Glor, you've always been
extremely considerate, generous, and sweet. You meet every challenge with
patience, confidence, and grace - with Doug, I'm sure he'll be your biggest
challenge of them all! Because I've known Doug for almost two
decades now, I have endless stories and memories I'd love to share - believe me
- but I'll have to spare him today and give Justin the privilege in doing that
in just a moment.
Glor and Doug - we have
supported each other through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Both of you
have always provided me with perspective and somehow always know exactly the
right things to say. Even though distance only allows us to see each other
once or twice a year now, whenever we are together here we always pick up right
from where we left off, and I'm really looking forward to our friendship only
growing in the years to come.
I'm very, very honoured to
be able to stand here today and say that I've had somewhat of an influence on
what's happening today. Mind you, Doug truly won Glor over by winning her
tummy over with cheesecake on their first date. Glor and Doug, I still
remember the day you guys first met, which was prearranged by Doug and I months
in advance. But there was an instant chemistry between the two of you and
I knew that it would just be a matter of time before this day would come - I
just didn't think it would take ten years! So what's the difference
between then and now? Doug's thirty pounds heavier - so Glor, there's just
that much more of him for you to love!
Kidding aside, both of you
have come out to be stronger not only as individuals but as a couple. I
have seen you two experience many, many roller coasters and both of you have
resisted many ups and downs that usually tear two people apart. Just
remember, to always say those three important little words: "You're right,
dear." Somebody once quoted, "Don't marry the person you think you can live
with, marry only the individual you think you can't live without." And this
is the reason why we are all here today: to celebrate everything that you two
have found in each other that neither of you can live without - a best
friend, a lover, a teacher, a confidante - a true partner for life. So as
you sit side by side through many more roller coasters to come, remember to
scream from the peaks, hold hands through the dips, and laugh throughout every
twist and turn for the ride is better because you'll be sharing it together.
May you both continue to grow and love, not forgetting to understand, forgive,
and compromise. But most importantly, in years from now I wish that both
of you will look back on this day as the day you loved each other the least.
So if I can ask everybody to join me in a toast to Gloria and Doug - here's to
endless roller coaster rides, growing old together, and happily ever after.
When I was asked to give a
Best Man speech, I originally wasn't sure what to do so like most doctors, I
went on the Internet and just used Google to figure out what I should do.
And what I found was that there are three things I'm supposed to do. The
first is to tell some funny stories about Doug that would embarrass him.
And I thought back and having known him for about fifteen years there is
certainly no shortage of material. From him buying about $2000 worth of
Tuna Helper to save $100 on airfare, or selling illegal black market Shreddies
movie tickets over eBay came to mind as well. And a few other things, but
because I don't want to send him to jail tonight I'd better keep quiet.
The second thing from my
Internet search was that I'm supposed to tell a story about Doug and Gloria, and
again it's supposed to embarrass them a bit. I think Eli did a good job
about doing that just now and there's no way I'm going to compete at coming up
with something sentimental like that. And besides, Doug brought his lawyer
Herb here today so I'd better play it safe and not say anything about that.
And the last thing the
Internet said was that I'm supposed to say something sentimental at the end of
my speech, and being a guy, that doesn't come very easily. So, I'll just
say that having known Doug for about fifteen years, today is probably one of the days
the happiest I've ever seen him. A close second would be when the Blue Jay
won back-to-back world series back in the early 90s. But like I said,
today, I mean, Gloria looks beautiful and I haven't seen Doug this happy in
about fifteen years - so everybody join me in another toast to the Bride and
Groom and wish them both well over many years to come. Cheers!