At our little dinner party last night, my “guy” was asked to say grace. Now since he is a “PK” that shouldn’t have been an issue. But it was (slightly). I could have sworn that I saw a bead of sweat immediately form on his temples! You see, public speaking is not his thing. Lord knows it’s not for a lack of trying – He practices. He prepares. He even participated in toastmasters for a little while, but public speaking still makes him uncomfortable!
It’s a little challenge for me to understand his fear. I love to hear myself talk (ask anyone stuck on the phone with me). On top of that, I was in too many “Little Miss This” or “Miss Teenage That” pageants to develop a fear of public speaking. I have been speaking publicly since I was five.
Anyhow, I was going to ask him to make a toast at dinner, but his sweating forehead convinced me to remain silent. As luck would have it, I came across an old list of generic toasts this afternoon. I will share with him the next time we host dinner, but I thought that I would share it with you all today.
- Ad multos annos – To many years!
- May our faults be written on the seashore and every good action prove a wave to wash them out.
- May you live as long as you like, and have all you like as long as you live.
- May we live to learn well, and learn to live well.
- May the morning of prosperity shine on the evening of adversity.
- May we kiss whom we please, and please whom we kiss.
- May the saddest day of your future be no worse than the happiest day of your past.
- Absent friends – though out of sight we recognize them with our glasses.
- Friendship is the wine of life. Let’s drink of it and to it.
- Here’s to Eternity – may we spend it in as good company as this night finds us.
- A warm toast. Good company. A fine wine. May you enjoy all three.
- When wine enlivens the heart, may friendship surround the table.
- May you have the hindsight to know where you’ve been; the foresight to know where you are going, and the insight to know when you have gone too far.
If all is fails, my old stand by is “Let’s raise our glasses in honor of our wonderful dinner guests. Thank you for joining us tonight.” It’s easy for me to remember.
If you have a favorite toast, please share it with me. I would love to hear them!
BTW: For those of you that may not know, “PK” stands for Preacher’s Kid
Love & Soul Always, Kay