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Wedding: Dad's Opening Speech

August 10, 2011

Just in case you didn’t already see it over at Weddingbee, you get to see it now.  I’ll be spending the next couple weeks trying to get through our wedding recaps on Weddingbee.  We are celebrating our one year wedding anniversary, it seems appropriate that I finish up the recaps.  Enjoy them!

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After our first dance, Papa gave an opening speech. He had been pretty nervous in the weeks leading up to the wedding. He didn’t really know what to say. He kept telling me he wanted to tell the story of when I failed the 2nd grade. Uh yeah dad… you want to talk about when I sucked at school? Uh hello dad, I had just completed a Ph.D. I insisted that he not talk about my failures.

Our reception included a lot of extended family friends. I didn’t want my dad’s story to get lost in translation. I didn’t want people to think he wasn’t proud of me or that I had failed him.

As he began his speech, he looked quite somber. I got nervous for him.  He began by welcoming everyone and thanking them for coming. Then he did something unexpected.

He started apologizing to everyone. He apologized to everyone! He said that he really wanted everyone to have a good time and to understand that this is one of the first family weddings that brings together two different cultures. He said this wedding isn’t American; it isn’t Vietnamese. He hoped everyone could still have fun.  That’s what happens when you blend cultures… no one recognizes it anymore.

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And then his story about me. It went roughly like this.

My daughter always makes me nervous. She wants to do a lot of things. She always thinks she can do everything. She told me she wanted to plan this entire wedding by herself. She said she could make all the invitations herself. I didn’t believe her. I didn’t think she could do it.  My daughter… yeah, she always worries me. I told her, “If it makes you happy, okay go ahead; but don’t embarrass me.”

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But look at everything she did. The invitations, this wedding, everything you see…she did it all. She always does what she says she is going to do.

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Then she met Hubs, and I wanted them to get married. She wanted to wait until they both finished their doctorates. She made me nervous again. But they did it. Together, they both finished their doctorates and got jobs. Now they’re married too. That’s the thing about my daughter. She always does what she says she is going to do.

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He ended by telling everyone to have a good time and teaching them how to cheers in Vietnamese. He told everyone to raise their glass. Một hai ba, yo! Translated, that’s 1-2-3, cheers!

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That’s my dad. Always nervous for me, always wanting me to be happy, always letting me do what I want, and always being proud of me in the end.

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*All photos by the ever fab Hanssie Trainor unless noted otherwise*

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One Comment
  1. Mama Marcia permalink

    I love re-living this moment through your post. It was so sweet and special. Yes, you always do what you set out to do!
    Hubs is soooo sunburned.

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