DEAR ABBY: I have been asked to speak on behalf of my family at my mother's wedding. She is 75 and her future husband -- whom I've never met -- is 77. I am 42 and the youngest of three children.
My father passed away four years ago after nearly 50 years of marriage to my mother. Mother is marrying a man she has known for only three months. She says she is planning "the wedding she never had" when she married my father.
Three hundred guests have been invited to watch her walk down the aisle in a long white wedding gown. She's arranged for numerous attendants, two flower girls and a ring bearer.
Although my brother is totally against the marriage, he will attend. My sister is all for it. I would like to get out of it, but my mother has laid a "guilt trip" on me, and I agreed to speak at the reception.
What can I say that will make everyone happy? -- SPEECHLESS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA
DEAR SPEECHLESS: Toast the couple. Speak about your joy that your mother has found happiness. Talk about how terrific she is, how much she is loved by her family, and what an exemplary wife this man is getting. Period.