Boltski and Rose tied the knot last night and we were there for the celebration. It was a stellar ceremony and reception. Congrats, guys!
Here is a copy of my best man speech, for anyone interested. It was way harder to write than I thought it would be… This link helped me out immensely.
Good evening, everyone. For those of you who don’t know who I am, I’m Brett, the best man. And before I say anything else, I’d like us all to take a moment to appreciate and thank Jodine, Rob, Ruth and Reg for what has been thus far, a wonderful celebration on such a special occasion.
I’m just going to share two quick stories with you… about why Jeff is #1 in my books and why he and Rose are perfect together.
Jeff and I have known each other since I was 16 days old. Really. 16 days old. Having said that, I don’t think I really got to know him until we were probably about 5 or 6… months old. By then, we both knew that that we would be best friends for life, or at the very least, compatriots in idiocy.
Jeff is probably the most trusting and trustworthy person I’ve ever met. A specific memory comes to mind, of a game we invented, using a Fischer-Price baseball bat. We couldn’t have been more than 6 or 7 at the time and decided that we would test each other’s resolve by swinging the bat as close to the other’s face as we could get without actually hitting them. What an awesome idea! Sadly, Jeff trusted me more than I did him and his nose hasn’t been the same since! I know it’s probably about 30 years late, but I’m really sorry about your nose, Jeff.
I knew something was different with Rose when Jeff asked me to take a picture of him holding my 6 month old daughter, so he could send it to her while she was living in Vancouver. They weren’t even dating yet and I thought he was crazy to be sending it to her… talk about creepy! Though he had a beer in one hand, a slice of pizza in the other and a baby balanced precariously in between, he trusted Rose to see him for what he truly is: A gentle, caring, fun loving, optimistic, friendly and genuine guy. Rose, take care of Boltski!
For us, the deal was sealed when we were speaking to my daughter Nora about “Uncle Jeff” and Rose visiting in Calgary. Upon their arrival, Nora immediately took a shining to Rose and bestowed upon her the title of “Uncle Rose” to accompany her special “Uncle Jeff”. When Jeff finally introduced us to you, we were absolutely relieved and of course, very happy! Rose, you’re a kind, warm, natural and loving person. Jeff, you treat her right!
A famous American author, Mignon McLaughlin, once wrote:
“A successful marriage requires falling in love many times; always with the same person.”
Please join me in proposing a toast to “Uncle Jeff” and “Uncle Rose”: May you fall in love with each other many, many times.