Life has been busy lately for us. Our daughters wedding is now less than two weeks away. I have my Tux, Nina has her dress, the preparations are almost all complete and about all I have left to do is finish my speech for the reception. I am really looking forward to that! Here is the first part I have written:
Welcome and thank you to everyone for being here to share in this joyous occasion. I am the father of the bride and now is the time when I get to stand up and say a few words…. other than “yes sweetie, I think that would be perfect”.There are several significant moments in a life with daughters. The day they are born; the day they take their first steps; the day they get their own car; and then there is that day they say, Mommy, Daddy, I met this boy named Donald.
Donald, when I heard you two met though a dating service, I thought, “a dating service” my goodness this guy must be really desperate to have to pay some outfit to find him girls! I thought “why couldn’t he meet someone like we did in my dating days…. at a bar! Or the scariest way of all (and BTW the way, it was how I met Nina) on a blind date.Nina, before we went on that blind date, I never heard any one say “she has a great personality and all the girls love her”. I was told you were attractive, really nice and a whole lot of fun. That was a perfect description Nina, because you were then and still are all those things and much, much more. You are my best friend and the love of my life; thank you for marrying me.
Nina and I both really like Donald, and know we are truly blessed for that. I plan to say more about my little girl and although I have been dreading this day since the day she was born (I cry every time in the Father of the Bride" movies and told her I thought "The Little Mermaid" had a sad ending because Ariel left her father and the ocean!) but instead, I find myself being really, really, happy for them. They are so much in love and the look of joy on each of their faces just radiates bright as the sun! So I plan to walk her down the isle sharing her joy and any tears will happy ones.
She is fluent in Spanish, and I wanted to conclude with a special moment to remember between her and I, so I plan to close by saying: "Nunca olvide, tu hijo es tu hijo hasta que se casa con su esposa, pero tu hija es tu hija para toda tu vida." which translates as "Never forget, your son is your son til he marries his wife, but your daughter's your daughter, for all of your life". To which I say, AMEN!!!!!!
Blessings to all,