We are back in Missouri. In lieu of whining about the epic suckitude of that statement, I will instead post the vows that I wrote and spoke to my now legal wife on Wednesday evening.
I probably wrote 3 or 4 versions of this in my head. Some versions had more math and physics, some were a lot shorter, but none really said everything I wanted to say. So the night before the wedding, I sat down with my best man and two pages of ideas and we finally hashed out an acceptable version. He was the only one who knew what I was going to say when I pulled the sheet of notebook paper out of my pocket during the ceremony.
In this galaxy there is a mathematical probability of 3 million earth-type planets. And in all the universe, 3 million million galaxies like this. And in all of that, and perhaps more, only one of each of us. The molecules of our bodies are the same molecules that make this building and the world outside, that burn inside the stars themselves. We are star-stuff. We are the Universe, made manifest, trying to figure itself out. And as we have both learned, sometimes the Universe needs a change of perspective. After so long, we are finally getting our change of perspective.
You have been my trusted right arm for ten years. You have helped keep my course true and steady. You have been my mentor and guide. You have helped me recognize the best parts of myself.
I have learned that Susan is always right. I should listen to Susan. I should not ignore Susan's recommendations. Susan is God.
You are the Ruth to my Idgie. The Megan to my Larry. The Sam to my Frodo. You bring rationality to my flights of fancy. You keep me sane in the nuthouse. You keep me going when all hope is lost. Chris wouldn't have got far without Susan.
So today, I vow before you that I will walk where you walk. I have sworn myself to your side. I will follow you into fire, into storm, into darkness, and into death. My heart beats only for you. I swear to join with you and stand with you against all who would oppose us. In short, I love you. The end.
There are a lot of references here from my favorite stuff. So if you think you've heard some of this before, you likely have. My audience thought it was all original though :oD I made a lot of people cry. CJ wrote the last line, in case you were curious. He didn't know what the rest said, but he was adamant that I had to put "the end" on there. I did, and he was happy.
I see places where I could have elaborated, or where I could have smoothed out the transitions. My biggest thing was, I didn't want to be talking for 20 minutes, which would have easily happened if I'd said EVERYTHING I wanted to say. So I kept it to the core parts and while it might not be 100% English-professor perfect, it was perfect to me.