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I have to go to the bathroom, so I’m going to keep this short. Following Herb is always a tough task but I’ll give it my best shot. A few months ago I was talking to Allan and he’s like I don’t really want you to speak at my wedding but you’re the only brother I have. So here we are.
For those of you, who do not know me, my name is Aaron and I’m today’s best brother. I decided to enter the best brother sweepstakes instead of the best man sweepstakes because there is less competition.
Michelle and Allan, it is an honor to stand up here today. I can’t be more happy for you two. Glad we could start this day with so many friends and family from not only around this area but from around the world. There’s people from Quebec, Alberta, the States. There’s even someone from Australia. It’s amazing how far some people will travel for a free meal.
Allan, I am honored to be part of this small army that you call wedding party. That’s the biggest table I’ve ever seen. When Allan said today would include a big party, I thought he was talking about the reception. I don’t know which group is larger, Allan’s groups’ men or riddim for Neal pallbearers. Her music will leave in my heart forever.
It’s especially awesome that we are here today, considering Allan had kidney stones only a few days ago. For a short period of time there Allan was in quite a bit of pain and today might not even have happened. There was always a part of me however that knew the wedding was going to happen. I knew Allan would not let anything get in the way of him marrying Michelle. That and the fact, we are a Dutch family and everything had been paid for.
So let me tell you a bit about my relationship with Allan. We met in the ‘80s. Back at a time when ‘spam’ was simply canned meat. At first I think Allan respected me because he would do courteous things for me including give me the top bunk. Within a few short years however our brotherly rivalry intensified and Allan was already bigger than me.
If you look at old family photos, such as the one at table three. You guys can check it out after. Allan kind of looked like a child body builder and I looked like Janet never fed me. Even to this day she’s always like, “Allan’s needs his protein, Allan needs his protein.” So we just starve I guess.
Because of Allan’s physique, I avoided getting into physical confrontations with him instead I tried to outsmart him. My favorite tactic was giving him hard objects such as marbles and then standing in front of glass objects such as mirrors, windows and pitchers. I would then insult him and he being kind of like a large dog not knowing his own strength would hurl the marble at me. I would duck, the glass would break. I would love every second of it.
As the years went on though, I thought the rivalry was dying down and a possible friendship was beginning. I guess I was mistaken though. I received an email from Allan on my birthday one year. It said, “Happy birthday. Mom made me send this.”
I won’t make much more fun of Allan because
a) We all know he’s been through enough pain already this week and
b) Let’s be honest, making fun of Allan is very hard to do. I may be the older brother but Allan was and is still good at so many things. He has so many good qualities. I was the one usually looking up to him because Allan is nearly perfect and really doesn’t make any mistakes. It really may be hard for her to come up with material for this speech. I needed better proof here. If it wasn’t for the kidney stones I’d be screwed.
There’s a lot of qualities that Allan has, whether it’s his maturity. In grade school, Allan was busy running a website business. Most of his classmates were probably worrying about their voices changing and hair growing out of weird places. Whether it’s Allan’s toughness. The guy just peed out a rock, enough said. Did you keep that rock? No I know you did. Allan told me yesterday, he actually went into the toilet with his hand and grabbed the stone and Allan usually doesn’t wash his hands because John Davis told me yesterday. I hope he did that time.
We’re talking about Allan’s qualities here. I got side tracked. Whether it’s his compassion. He spends countless hours giving gathers with his athletes and action sports ministry or as the call it AIA. At first I misheard him though, I thought he said AA. Once he told me he was going to AA for the weekend. I’m like, “Allan I didn’t know you drunk.”
Whether it’s Allan’s smarts. Only Allan would be able to maintain a 90 average and still be cool. Or whether it’s his athletic ability. His trophy collection was huge, always bigger than my seventh-placed ribbon collection. There was and always is a reason to admire Allan. Many younger brothers learn from their older brothers. With Allan and I, it’s the other way around but enough about Allan and his Nobel Peace prizes.
Today Allan is a married man. Today is about Allan and the love of his life, his MacBook Pro. In life there are people that procrastinate and leave everything to the last minute like myself in this speech and then there’s Allan. You can look no further than the planning that went on for today. He actually had his wedding website up and running even before he met Michelle.
As Herb was mentioning, Allan likes to plan. When we were younger we called him the ‘Plan Man’. He always planned ahead, thought things through and organized his actions in a way to achieve whatever his goal was at the time. The ‘Plan Man’ thing started years ago when Allan was about five or so. Christine if you remember, we would watch him spend two hours making a sandwich, two seconds eating it. I wouldn’t really call it making a sandwich though, it was more like designing a sandwich. He would lay all the ingredients on the table, carefully place them on his bread. We knew from that point on, the ‘Plan Man’ was destined to be an engineer.
I have no doubt that Allan’s grand plan, including sharing his life with a beautiful wife. Michelle you like amazing today. Allan, you didn’t even shave. I’ll never forget the day Allan got engaged, partly because he videotaped his proposal. He’s a bit of a creep. And partly because he called me that day and Allan never calls me. When he calls, you know it’s about something important. As soon as I picked up the phone, I could hear his voice…I’ve never heard Allan sound happier than he ever had before.
I always tease him at how he always shows off his engineering ring on his pinky finger. I can safely say though, today Allan is much more proud of his new ring and even more proud to show off his new wife.
Michelle, ever since we met you, we knew you were a keeper. I, in particularly, liked you from the start because you always laughed at my jokes even though Allan would just shake his head and call me an idiot. You are beautiful inside and out, kind, compassionate, genuine, smart, caring and most importantly you make my brother happy in a way that I never could.
These last few days have been tough with Allan’s health and Michelle you have been there for him every step of the way. Michelle or should I say Mich, welcome to the family. There are many Michelle’s in this world but there is only one Mich. For those of you that don’t know, our family calls Michelle Mich. Why? I have no idea. I think once I called her that and for some reason it stuck. I think Herb misunderstood me though because he sometimes calls you Mitchell but don’t worry about that too much. He sometimes calls me Kayla.
Seriously though, this bugs. I couldn’t ask for a better sister-in-law and I sincerely apologize about the horrible last name you have to use from now on. I told Allan he should use Sylar. I went to pick up my tux the other day, they’re like, “Last name please”. I’m like, “Guduf”, they’re like, “Huh!” I went to the Bay to pick up a gift from the registry they’re like, “Last name please.” I’m like, “Guduf”, they’re like, “Huh!” These are the struggles you will have to deal with on a daily basis.
I’m fully confident though that you will thrive being Gudufed. Allan and Michelle, I wish you two all the best in your life together. I love you both. Mom made me say that.
So I don’t have a glass but let’s all raise a glass to the most important people here, the bar staff. To Allan and Michelle. Thank you, I’m going to go hug them and then I can go to the bathroom.
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