Tonight we will be gathering together with a few family members to share in some of the memories of my parents 50 years together. We're going to host a catered dinner with a personal chef so that the family can concentrate on conversation rather than preparation.
A few days ago Laura asked me if I had my speech prepared. I laughed and suggested that I would just make something up on the spot. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that 50 years of marriage is significant and deserves to be recognized properly.
Last night, as I lay in bed, I found myself tossing and turning, trying to decide exactly what to say. How could I summarize my admiration and appreciation for my parents and their time together in just a few words?
This morning my eyes popped open, I knew what I wanted to say and how I wanted to say it. I would write them this blog toast as a means of preparing my speech, of formally recognizing the day and as a way to capture my own feelings.
This evening, in between dinner and dessert, I will stand up, clink my wine glass with my spoon and speak the following:
A toast to my parents on this the day of their 50th wedding anniversary.
A toast to your dedication to the institution of marriage and reverence for all that it means.
A toast to your perseverance, your tenacity and your unwavering resolve to make a wonderful life together.
A toast to the couple who have stayed devoted to each other for half a century.
A toast to the partnership that has worked so well and accomplished so much.
A toast to you both for pushing and supporting each other throughout your journey together.
A toast to all the lives that your 50 years together has not only touched, but left a positive impression.
A toast to both of you for successfully raising two boys in a turbulent and tumultuous world.
A toast to you mom for teaching me to respect and care for your partner through the good times and tough ones.
A toast to you dad for teaching me to always cherish and honour your partner, as not just a wife, but an intelligent and thoughtful friend as well.
A toast to both of you for continuing to teach me and my children to enjoy life and all it has to offer.
A toast to each of you for making it seem so easy after all this time.
Somehow words cannot do justice to the awe and admiration that I feel when I think about the life that you have created with and for each other.
Instead, I'll just asked everyone (at home or reading) to raise their glasses and join me in this simple toast.
To my parents on their 50th wedding anniversary. I love you both.