Today I'm thinking about the toast for the wedding I'm in this weekend. I know that as Matron of Honor I should've had this written and rehearsed long before now, but I talk for a living doing speeches should come natural to me right? Well, apparently not because I'm having a serious case of writers block.
I can talk about marriage, I have 5 years of experience under my belt there, but that's boring and predictable. I can talk about how we met or share some funny college stories, but no one there could relate to that. I could talk about what a wonderful couple they make, but I don't have many personal stories including the groom since they live a state away we don't get to hang out, but once a year. I don't know what to say!
I have given a toast at 3 weddings and 2 rehearsal dinners, but for some reason I am stuck on this one. Maybe if I write some notes here that will help me come up with the right thing to say.
- The bride and I met in a college broadcasting class, we sat next to each other and had to work together on a couple of things.
- It came up in conversation that I wanted to be a TV news reporter, she convinced me to get my feet wet in radio so I applied per her advice to the college radio station for the News Director position and got it.
- She and I got pretty close while she was my boss at the college radio station, she trained me on my first on air shift there.
- She left for Florida for a college study thing and we remained friends
- She came back and then transferred schools and we remained friends
- She would often come back to Point to visit me and we'd go out on the town
- After college she worked for Midwest Communications on air at one of our sister stations and eventually I got hired as an air personality there too. Again she trained me for my first on air shift.
- Then I took a different job in the same building, we continued working together until she took a job in Michigan, we remained friends
- She is the reason I am who I am today
- She met her fiancé and we started talking even more.
- It took her a lot of mistakes and a lot of bad luck to finally pick this guy to change her whole life around for. She even gave up working in radio for him
- Over the years of their relationship they've learned a lot about one another and through that discovery they've learned a lot about themselves
- I never knew the innocent little girl that Cat (one of the other bridesmaids) went to high school with or the baby sister that Allison knows, the girl I know has always been determined to get exactly what she wants out of life and though her road has had many forks it has lead her right where she needed to be to meet someone who's willing to help her be the woman she wants to be.