A Wedding Toast: Ellen’s Maid of Honor Speech to Me and Simon
[This is the Speech my little sister, maid of honor, delivered on my Wedding Day. July 28, 2007]
“My sister Emily has often said, “Everything is more effective in pairs.” You see, the two of us have been a partnership pretty much our entire lives.
There are so many memories I have with her at my side and very few where she wasn’t. And even then, she was always only a cell phone call away.
She was there for my earliest memory, when I would climb into her bed and listen to her recite to me the most amazing read-aloud bedtime stories from the Bernstein Bears books. She was fascinating…the most dynamic storyteller I’d ever seen or heard….
She was 5 years old!
That was the beginning of a long history of sharing a bed, staying up late and listening to her unforgettable good night stories. And Em, I will have you know, the tale of Doodle still haunts me to this day.
Emily and I were always partners when we played. She and I used to play school and church for hours…believe me, this woman can teach and preach! We loved our barbies, dress-up clothes and rollerskating around the pool-table in the basement.
When we played neighborhood games, Emily wouldn’t dream of not having me as her partner. She always made it so everyone wanted the two of us on their capture the flag team….She and I were small, stealth, unstoppable.
We were partners throughout college and through many crazy nights on the town. Between the two of us, you cannot possibly imagine how many sets of keys, ID’s, purses and “sunglasses at night” somehow got lost in the shuffle.
In fact, one of our missing purse incidents led us to the Miami Dade Police Department where we encountered the largest man we have ever seen, ever.
This man was Shaquille O’neal.
And Shaq says, “You two sistah’s or somethin?” And we say, [look up to the sky and nod]…
My partner in crime and I weren’t worried thought, we could have taken him.
Now to you Simon…
Whadup?! Let me first say that I am so happy and so blessed to have you as my new brother. I look at you and Emily together, and I see your bond, your love, your partnership.
I will always be her sister, and now Simon…you will always be her partner. Thank you for being to her what she has been to me all my life.
Emily, best friend and sister of mine, let me send you off with some Broadway lyrics that you once sang to me:
I love you. I love you. I love everything about you babe!
To the Bride and Groom!!!”