Saturday June 4th, 2011 I witnessed, along with many many friends and family members, my son's wedding, as I mentioned in the previous post.
During the dinner, a few of us stood and gave a some kind words of encouragement.
Here is the text of the speech which I gave:
One day, during the summer of 2004, on Cape Cod, in the middle of the afternoon, I was standing inside my parents house in Chatham, it was one of those clear beautiful blue sunny days.
I looked out to the porch and Rob and Sasha, who had been togther by then four years, were sitting and talking to to each other.
I could not hear them, I don't know what they were saying.
But they were talking with each other, unaware of not just me but everything around them.
It was not a moment of love,
it was a moment of being,
and is that not ultimate love?
In those few seconds, I knew Sasha and Rob were good for each other.
A measure of this wedding today, will be if in 20 years we stumble upon Rob and Sasha and they are still talking in that way.
Since what I saw that day was true, I know they will be.
Sasha, you know I love you, and am so glad to welcome you as my daughter in law.
Finally, Robert, as a father to his son, I want to tell you this: you are the man I wanted to be.
The reaction to the last two lines was astounding. I wrote this from the heart.