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PostPosted: Mon Aug 03, 2009 6:49 am 
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At the reception, they had the father of the bride and the father of the groom each give a speech. This was mine:

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Well, I'm going to start with an embarrassing story from Heather's childhood, because... I'm the Dad! That's what we do... It's part of the job description.

When Heather was a little girl, one weekend we were crossing the playground of her elementary school on the way to a local park, when she just had to show us something that she does at recess.

Now for most little girls, that'd be something along the lines of climbing the monkey bars, or playing hopscotch. But not Heather!

She marched over to a small block of concrete raised off the ground at one end of the playground, stood up on it, and proceeded to deliver a speech... with dramatic hand gestures... in another language.

She explained that she was pretending to be a princess from another land, bestowing blessings on her royal court... in princess language.

"Princess language," apparently, was a language completely of her own invention... I have to confess I didn't understand a word of it, but then again, I'm not a princess.

So, you can see this girl has been living on dreams and Spaghettios for a long time. And looking at the young woman that Heather has become, you have to marvel at just how prophetic all of this was.

First of all... Heather IS a princess. Kit, I'm pretty sure you've figured this out by now, but if not... it's too late.

And, a princess from another land. Even at that young age, you can see that she felt that yearning to travel the world, and that's exactly what she's done. From Mexico, to Costa Rico, Spain, Italy... next up is Hawaii! And heaven knows where Kit and Heather will travel next.

A princess speaking to her royal court? Believe it or not, Heather has one of those! I've watched as the most amazing group of friends has gathered around Heather over the years. Katherine, April, Ashley, Mel, and others...I've never really spoken to any of them at great length, just sort of waved as they flew by, but don't think I haven't noticed as they've stuck with Heather through the good times, the bad times, the scary times, the "I'm so mad at you I could spit" times... and I appreciate how they've supported her all this time.

And now there's a prince in the picture too, and I couldn't ask for better. Kit is the man I wanted my daughter to marry.

And, a princess speaking in another language. Heather took the same two years of Spanish in high school as I did, but unlike me, she kept going... for years. And I began to realize, "Hey, this girl is really serious about this." So that was prophetic, also.

And now the happy task falls to me to bestow a blessing over my princess, and her prince, as well.

So, a toast for Kit and Heather:

May God continue to bless you with his protection, happiness, and a love that grows so continuously, from day to day, that years later you will look back on even this day as the day you loved each other the least...

May your toast always fall buttered side up, and may your children never know want.

To Kit and Heather.

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Heh, nice speech and congrats!


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