My Toast to My Parents at their Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Party

1963 was a great year.

In 1963, Lassie and I Love Lucy were the most popular shows on television.

Bob Dylan made his entry into the national music scene.

Martin Luther King made his famous, history-making “I Have a Dream” speech.

And even more important, my parents got married one January weekend.

Like Martin Luther King, my parents had dreams.

They had dreams of a having a family. I, for one, am glad they did. In fact, if they hadn’t, I wouldn’t be here telling you this today!

Mom and Dad taught us the value of hard work – every weekend! They also taught us to be honest, loving, and loyal, and to have character and integrity. These are the things that have shaped who I am today.

Mom and Dad also had dreams of traveling. They’ve visited much of the continental United States, and they’ve even been to Alaska and Hawaii! They’ve also gone across the pond to visit the cultural marvels of Europe. They’ve gone to the sunny shores of Acapulco and seen the treasures of ancient Mayan culture.

But they can’t tell me when the world will end any better than the Mayans.

Finally, my parents have illustrated what lifelong love looks like. They courted each other from the beginning and they still do today.

So here’s to many more happy years together!