Tarry for the Nonce

August 11, 2005

A Remarkable Wedding Toast

Filed under: Rambles — lmwalker @ 4:14 pm

I attended the wedding of James and Jeanie Bohall last weekend, and Charles Bohall‘s best man’s speech was one of the best I’ve ever heard. I got all misty . . . and then again when I thought about it later that night . . . and then again the next day when I was describing it to my sister and mother.

Here is the gist of it:

I have known James Andrew Bohall all my life. These past few weeks have been fun for me as I have thought back to the years we spent together as kids. We would run around the neighborhood and dream up fun ways to spend each summer. We were brothers, but we were also best friends.

We were such close friends that I didn’t know it, and didn’t pay attention to it. That all changed when I was sixteen and James went off to the University of Illinois. For the first time, I didn’t have my best friend around everyday. So I started to pay more attention to my friendships. Once I got to the UofI two years later, I was able to realize how close our friendship was, and I really enjoyed those years together there.

Today, our friendship has not changed, we are still brothers, and we are still close friends, but I am no longer James’ best friend. He has a new best friend in Jeanie.

So please raise your glasses: to James and Jeanie as they run around dreaming up fun things to do together as best friends.



1 Comment

  1. Very Classy.
    I always dislike going to weddings where the best man or the maid/matron of honor feels the need to embarrass the bride or groom in his/her toast. This speech reminds me of the toast that my husbandís best man gave at our wedding. It was very similar.

    Comment by marks_wife — September 25, 2005 @ 6:33 pm

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