This past weekend I attended the wedding of my friends Ben and Stacey. I was asked to give a toast during the reception and prepared a few words in advance. Being who I am, I put my toast into an index card app on my iPhone. This would have worked brilliantly…had my phone not rang right in the middle of my toast (even worse: it was a wrong number). As you can imagine, that rather disturbed the flow of my presentation. It turns out I missed presenting two or three of the cards. Oops.
So here, for posterity and for the on-going celebration of Ben and Stacey, is the full text of my toast to them:
In some ways I’m am an unlucky person.
For instance, unlike most of you here, I’ve only had the joy of knowing these two for 2 or 3 years now.
Yet, with Ben and Stacey, this doesn’t matter.
The moment they meet you they each make you feel as though you’ve known them your entire life.
In a large part, this is due to their immense generosity.
These two give wholly, not only of their stuff and their time and their home (though they certainly do that), but also and primarily of themselves.
You would be very hard pressed indeed to find even one person so caring, so giving, so loving, so understanding, so supportive…
And yet here we have TWO such people.
Together, they form the Wonder Twins of love and empathy.
The marriage we are here to celebrate is them publicly bumping their fists together and activating their super powers.
I don’t know which one gets to be the eagle and which the bucket of water, but I do know that together they are stronger than apart and that together they make the world a better place for us all.
So please, raise a glass and toast our super friends and, if I might be allowed to mix my comics universes, “Excelsior!”
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