I tried to write out my speech for you at least a million times. Each time, my brain froze, unable to say what I really want to say to you.
What I want to say to you comes from the heart and can’t be preplanned. It comes from the here and now.
I love you. For the past 27 years you have been the most amazing big sister and you’ve always done so much for me. When I came to you in tears over not having someone to watch Claire so I could go back to work, I didn’t even have to ask – you changed your entire work schedule for me. Drove ridiculous amounts of miles for me. Stayed in the most uncomfortable bed, for me. You’ve always been there.
And when you asked me to stand up in front of everyone and be there for you on your day, I was honored. You’ve always done so much for me that I’ve never known how to make that up to you.
So today, on your wedding day, I want to tell you thank you. For always being that person I could turn to. For being there for me every single time I’ve asked anything of you. For being my source of laughter and honesty. For being an amazing sister and friend.
You deserve happiness. You deserve this. You deserve today. And you most certainly deserve Ben. And he most definitely definitely deserves you. I wish for you a lifetime of love, happiness and knowledge that you are one of the most amazing people I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. I’m honored to call you my sister.
So cheers to you and Ben, on this, your wedding day.