The Funny Thing Is
by: Rhiannon & AJ
Finally, Jed tore his eyes away from Abbey's and gazed out at the small crowd of people, his eyes resting briefly on Elizabeth and Jennifer. He smiled, "Almost forty years ago, I met a beautiful young woman. She took my breath away and I knew, at that moment, that I wanted to marry her. It took me six months to get a date with her... You might not believe this, but I proposed to her on the first date..."
"For some reason, Dad... that doesn't surprise me..." Jennifer remarked.
"Shut up," Jed returned. "Anyway, it took me three years to convince her... but I finally got her to marry me. And ever since then, she's been the one person in this world that I have loved to the point where I'm not sure I could love without her. And I know, without a doubt, that if it hadn't been for her... I'd still be an economics professor somewhere. She allowed me to follow my dreams... she encouraged me to follow my dreams. She's put up with my stupid stunts and my... occasional, overzealousness... She's put up with me and all my faults and I'm not sure anyone else but her would have."
"Lord know, it wasn't easy." Abbey responded.
Jed turned to her, "Please don't make me kill you on our wedding day Abbey."
"Thank you," Jed turned back to the crowd. "To make a long speech short-"
"Too late," Elizabeth spoke up.
"Jennifer!" Jed called out.
"What did I do?" Jennifer exclaimed.
"You're a bad influence on your sister." Jed told her. He saw her roll her eyes as he continued, "Anyway, thank you all for coming and witnessing this renewal for my beautiful wife and myself."
Abbey smiled as she Jed leaned over to her, "Love you, Abbey."
"Love you too," Abbey whispered back. "Well, I guess I should say something too. I'm not big on public speaking, so I'll make this short and sweet. It occurred to me several hours ago just how lucky I am. I have a healthy, happy family... filled with children and grandchildren that I love dearly... even if some of them seem to have a death wish."
Jennifer and Elizabeth shared an innocent look.
"And, most of all, I'm married to a man that I love with all my heart." Abbey continued. "That alone makes me the richest woman in the world. For the better part of my life I have loved and been loved by a man that ... defies reason sometimes. And, when he's not trying to change the course of democracy... he's busy being my best friend... my husband."
The room exploded in applause as Jed leaned down and placed a kiss on his wife's lips. Jennifer's voice broke through the noise, "Can I say something?"
"No!" replied her parents in unison.
Jennifer made a face, "Please?"
"Oh, all right." Jed replied.
"Thank you," Jennifer responded.