I've known Ken a long time-since he was a little nerd at Roosevelt Elementary School. We hung with each other in middle school and high school. I watched him grow and mature, until eventually he became [ pause ] a big nerd.
Seriously, how does a guy like Ken, who spent so much time being a good student, snag someone like Shannon-while I, who spent so much time being a ladies' man, stand here single-toasting his good fortune?
Actually, I think I know how he did it. Ken is no ordinary guy. [ Insert a story or two about how he helped or supported you in a big way ]. If Ken is half as good a partner to Shannon as he's been a friend to me, I don't see how she could resist wanting to spend the rest of her life with him. Thanks for everything, buddy!
And about Shannon: a lot of us have fantasies about being supported by a very attractive older woman with a good income [ pause ] but you're the only one we know who's pulled it off! [ pause ] We just want to tell you that we all love Shannon almost as much as you do, so be good to her. Cherish her. You have one year of free room and board. After that, it's "get out and make some bucks."
Finally, I'd like to make a few predictions. Generally, predictions are as accurate as the information they're based on-so I feel very confident of these predictions. They're based on what I know of you two.
. I predict that you'll each have all the professional
success you deserve.
. I predict that you'll take good care of each other.
. I predict that your respect and consideration for
each other will bring you closer together every
. I predict that you'll have those children you want
together . . . and
. I predict that those children will be fortunate to
have you as parents.
In short, I predict that the two of you will have a life together that most people only dream of-and one that everyone will envy. [ Raising the glass ] Let's all drink to a happy, healthy,
love-filled future for Ken and Shannon.