The Movie: The Princess Bride, 1987 (William Goldman, screenwriter, from his novel; Rob Reiner, dir.)
Who says it: Peter Cook as The Impressive Clergyman
The context: The Impressive Clergymen is performing a marriage ceremony for Buttercup (Robin Wright) and the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon)
How to use it: Best wishes on a wedding or an anniversary.
Today is my parents' 40th wedding anniversary. Peggy and Susan put on an amazing dinner last night, and James and Scott put together a DVD of photographs.
Rather than post something new today, I'll just reprint the letter we kids put in the commemorative scrapbook Susan made for the occasion.
Dear Mom and Dad,
Happy Anniversary. Today, especially, we say what we ought to say every day: Thank you.
Thank you for taking the leap together that made all our lives possible.
Thank you for showing us that true love is more than a fairy tale.
Thank you for showing us that “love” is a verb, as well as a noun.
Thank you for showing us that it’s possible to love someone even if you have no idea what they’re talking about.
Thank you for showing us that knowledge is more important than possessions.
Thank you for showing us that doing the right thing is always worth it.
Thank you for never giving up on yourselves, on each other, or on any of us.
Congratulations on your 40th anniversary, and we hope that you share many more. We are glad that you’re our parents. We’re proud of you, and we hope that you will always be proud of us.
We love you.
Kathy, Clair, Peggy, Susan, Edward and James