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My Best Man Speech at my brother’s wedding

How about that ride in? I guess that’s why they call it Sin City..

This is on my Tumblr so if you want to read along while I read aloud…

My name is Bill Colbert, I was born a lone wolf in 1984. And i remained a one man wolfpack until July 28th 1987, when  my wolfpack  grew by one, to two total wolves, with the addition of Brian, today’s groom.

I am very pleased to be here. I’ve had the pleasure of watching this love grow for the past 7 years. I’m very excited to welcome Jen to our family.

I spent some time on the internet lately. I was researching “keys to being good at having a wife, and keeping the wife.”

So, I ask, Are we ready to review my findings?

OK lets do it. 

As it turns out, Brian is perfectly suited to this new endeavor, for the following reasons.

Selflessness.

Putting the other person first. Growing up, I would often get up from the dinner table, go to the fridge, and get myself a drink. Then I’d go back to my seat, without really saying anything. To anyone else.

Brian did not do the same. Brian, always asks , “would anyone like anything while I’m up.” This may seem very trivial. But, this is just one of many instances where Brian shows that he is thinking about others first. As Brians is now Jen’s husband, I predict this will be a key to success. But Brian has been practicing for 27 years, so, we’re off to a great start I’d say.

When we used to take the metra into the city for, “go to Leo Burnett with mom and dad day”, We would exit Union Station, amongst a herd of fellow commuters. Now, I, being so excited to go to work, (where I would do nothing) I would exit and just walk through the door that the person in front of me had opened. I, haha, sort of forgot there was someone behind me. 

Not Brian though. Brian, and this only happened like twice so don’t think he’s weird, and he was like, 10. but, he would hold the door for the person behind him. The only problem was, the people kept coming and he was standing there for like 15 minutes. Just holding the door for a bunch of sullen, cranky, middle aged people. But, once again, we have that recurring theme of Brian being nice, and thinking of others.

Fortunately, now brian can focus on holding the door for just Jen, so that’s a great time saver.

Kindness.

So, here’s a little bit about me, for like 20 seconds. When someone brings me something at my table, I try to always say, “Thank You”, You know?

Brian, would always say, “thank you, YOU are very kind.” Now, who’s the kind one, Brian, or the waitress? Well, Being kind means, well, quite literally, being kind. Telling someone that they are very kind is just ONE instance of how Brian goes above and beyond, in that department.

But don’t take my word for it. Ask any of the 241 golfing members of the Stonebridge Country Club, where we both worked for our adolescent years. When I worked in the pro-shop in the summer of 2004, numerous members would comment about how kind Brian was. In fact, I’m quite sure I never even told him this until now, which says a lot more about me, or less about me, but well, better late than never. 

So those were my findings from my research. And as I’ve realized, now, and in reflection of the past 7 years, Jen, the bride, shares these traits to a T! So, it’s no wonder that these two have stayed together for a nice length courtship.

Jen, I’ve never seen you get angry. Do you get Angry? Well, you don’t have to answer that, but it’s really cool how you’re always in a great mood.

And, she seems to always laugh at my jokes, regardless of quality. So, to that I say, Jen, Thank you, YOU are very kind.

I especially admired how you were willing to go dress shopping with my mom, on Michigan Ave, on St. Patricks day Saturday, of all days.

Now if you’re looking for a day of productive shopping, unobstructed by herds of Guiness &Jameson-infused plastic-necklace-bejeweled zombies dressed in green, then this is not the shopping day for you. You should just do Amazon Prime or something. 

But Jen, to her credit, went along no problemo, for what I’m sure was an fun and memorable, if not ultimately successful shopping adventure. This to me, defines selflessness. and Kindness. 

We will end it there.

So, I love you both very much, Jen, welcome to the family! I am looking forward to a lifetime of free rides to South Haven Michigan, woops I mean watching you live a lifetime of happiness together!

 

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Good morning from #michigan

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