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by : Ray
Published 16 November 2012

Wedding Toast

For the record, here is the toast given by the bride’s father at Michelle and Thomas’s wedding on August 23, 1991:

Hello - as the proud father of the bride I have the pleasure of welcoming you all here to this happy event, and of starting the festivities off with a few (very few, don’t worry) words.

I think it was a French author [1] who mused about time being like the turning of the earth - the ground one is standing on seems so firm that one just lives tranquilly on, not perceiving its movement.

And yet the earth turns, and moves on. And so, it seems such a short time ago that I was pushing little Michelle on a swing in Ealing, or galloping down Popsicle Lane with her.

Now that I think of it, I probably forgot at the time to tell her mother how spectacular she looked sailing through the air (this was at 12 months old) when she unfortunately let go of the ropes at the top of the swing. Popsicle Lane was pretty exciting too [2], but we won’t go into that one now - I think I’m in enough trouble here already!

Well, she survived those adventures, and quite a few others too here and there - and here she is now embarking on perhaps the most dangerous and exciting adventure of them all : a marriage with Thomas Recke!

There remain two things to be said:

  • Firstly: that I think I can sincerely speak on behalf of everyone here to say that we are truly and deeply grateful for all that we are about to receive on this memorable occasion;
  • and secondly: to wish eternal happiness to our dearly beloved Michelle and Thomas, as in the words of an Elizabethan poet [3]:

Let all thy joys be as the month of May
And all thy days be as a marriage day.

Ladies and gentlemen, let us raise our glasses to two wonderful people: Michelle and Thomas!


Notes

[1Marcel Proust

[2when the idiot driver swerved off the road to avoid an oncoming car just before the bridge, and came within a hairbreadth of plunging down - without seat-belts in those days of course - into the river 20+ feet down below.

[3Francis Quarles, 1592-1644