- 6 years ago
This is what I’ve got so far, asking for comments and criticism.
I know the maid of honor speech is supposed to start out with how I met the bride, but honestly I don’t remember. It was middle school. We both had braces. Dragonball Z was heavily involved. I guess I don’t really remember a time when N wasn’t in my life. What I do remember are sleepovers and the glow in the dark star stickers on her bedroom ceiling and secrets and note passing and that time we watched Cadet Kelly on the floor of her living room and she first called me her best friend. Then high school came and there were football games and computer science classes and more important secrets that I could always count on N to keep. Most importantly, there were times she could make me smile when no one else could.
Oh, and there were boys. Of course there were boys. But none good enough for N. She wouldn’t waste her time on the scummy boys our moms warned us about. She waited until twenty-one for the right man to come along. She waited for P. I could tell how serious they were when she couldn’t even concentrate on Final Fantasy. Just trust me, that’s serious. We’d be playing video games and her phone would buzz and she’d dive for it so fast you’d think it was on fire. Then she’d get this little smile on her face that I’d never seen before, one I teased her about mercilessly of course, but one that made me realize this might be it. And that made me smile too. I met P a couple months after they started dating and I don’t think he made eye contact with me for more than a minute at a time. He was completely preoccupied with N. Absolutely, unequivocally loopy for her. She asked me what I thought as soon as he was out of earshot. I told her he’d passed. And that smile came back.
P, I want to see that smile on her face everytime I see her from now on. I want her to make you smile too. Because that’s what happens when you realize that you’ve gotten everything you could ever need. That’s what happens when you watch someone grow up and fall in love and know they’re going to be okay. That’s what y’all and me and everyone else in this room are doing right now. The smiles tell more than any words ever could. They tell you we know you did the right thing today. And we’re behind you all the way.
P, I know this Is y’all’s day, but I have a personal request. Take care of my best friend, okay?