At 16:00 hours (Jamaican time), that’s 22:00 hours (UK time) on Thursday, my only son will be taking his wedding vows.
In front of a select audience, on a jetty poking out into the Caribbean Sea, he and his lovely wife to be, Kay will start on a journey that many of us have already taken.
Now, as the father of the groom, I’ve escaped having to make a speech but, in my position as editor of this site, my privileged rank does allow me to spread my happiness across the globe.
Having a child, as many of you know, changes your life forever, it brings into your life a responsibility like no other, you learn to cajole them through the ups and downs life brings, whilst also doing your utmost to ensure they overcome any pitfalls that come their way but, always, impressing upon them that things have to be done in a correct and proper manner.
The wife and I would hope that is something we have done.
They say when one of your offspring gets married, in this case, a son, you lose them, but the wife and I view things differently, we look at it as gaining a daughter as opposed to losing a son and we’d like the world to know that we are very pleased to welcome Kay into our family.
So, I’m sure you’ll join me in wishing Ross and Kay all the best on their wedding day and, like we’ll be doing after the ceremony, raising a glass to toast to their future.
Here’s to the bride and groom, may you have many years of happiness.