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Best Wedding Speech Ever March 24, 2008

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Little sister Alyssa gives her maid of honor speech for Diana and her new big brother Darren during their wedding.


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Hi. I wanted to welcome everyone and thank you all for being here to share this very special day with our family.

When I first sat down to write my speech, I though about what it means to have a sister. Accoridng to the Oxford American Dictionary, a sister is a close female friend. I thought this was interesting because everyone in this room, I'm sure, has s close female friend, not everyone has a sister. And unfortunately I imagine there are some sisters out there that can't call themselves close friends. And this is where I realized how lucky I was to have someone who is both a sister and a best friend.

Most of my friends hated growing up in the shadows of an older sibling but I consider myself blessed - grew up as diana's little sister. Diana was always known for her intelligence, her beauty, her integrity, her talent, her kindness, for those of you who know her well, you know I could go on forever. But the path she paved for me was one I was honored to follow in.

Diana left me big shoes to fill but I am a better person today because of it. So as I stand here, and watch my big sister, my role model, enter into marriage, I wish her all of the happiness that I could imagine, and boy, am I spoiled.

Diana and I had the good fortune of growing up in the happy house. A house filled with so much love it came pouring out the widows. Our Mom and Dad set the bar high, that kind of relationship that we should strive for and one that we deserved. It never ceases to make my heart melt when I see the way that our Dad looks at our Mom with so much passion and admiration and genuine, undying, first crush, somersault-in-your-stomach love. It always puts a smile on my face. And now, I can smile for my sister too knowing that she has found that love for herself with Darren.

Our Dad has always said, "Does he treat you like a princess?" So thank you, Darren, for being Diana's knoght in shinign armor and making her fairytale come true. I would love to stand here and fill you all in on Wagner family fun and special childhood memories but the truth is there are too many laughs and too many good times to pick just one or two to share with you. But Diana and I both know, and cherish those memories, and I know tnight will bring more special moemnets to enjoy for years to come.

So now at age 24, for the first time in my life, I have to think about what it means to have a brother. And this is something totally new to me. So once a gain, I turn to the dictionary, and you'll never believe what it said. According to Oxford, a brother is someone you can always turn to when you need a loan.

So tonight, I wish my sister, my best friend, and my new brother all the health, good fortune and love that life has to offer. I love you and mazel tov.

Courtesy of YouTube

Laurence Freeman: Knowledge is... Love

February 20, 2012 (about 8 years ago)

Google Tech TalkJanuary 18, 2012Presented by Father Laurence FreemanABSTRACTDifferent kinds of knowing - but the most human kind reveals our universal kinship and transforms relationship. Meditation is more than you think. The oldest and youngest form of human wisdom makes good sense in a digital age.Speaker Info:Father Laurence Freeman is a benedictine monk whose work in teaching meditation and interfaith friendship takes place in a global community formed by the daily practice of dynamic stillness and transformative silence.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laurence_Freeman

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