Hello everybody, let me grab a handful of minutes of your attention and congratulate our birthday girl, Natalie, on her 26th birthday, and wish her a couple of things. Well, to be frank, I am very glad to be here today and to see her celebrate her birthday surrounded by friends and close people.
I have known Natalie since our freshman times in Glasgow University and it is a pleasure for me to note that she hasn’t changed a bit in five years, and is still a cheerful energizer of all our student (now graduate) parties and the soul of the company – I always wondered how she contrived to find time for everything, and always came with her home assignment ready even after our student carousals late into the night. Besides the evident advantage of having her homework always done, Natalie has always been – and is – a good mixer ready to listen to a problem and offer some advice. Not less outstanding were her academic merits, as this June she graduated with honors, and now works for one of the renowned PR-agencies.
But first and foremost, Natalie is an amazing person, and on her birthday I’d like to wish her simple human happiness. I wish her harmony that comes when all the components of life are balanced: when daily work brings delight and in the evening you hurry back home to be with your family. I wish Natalie inner comfort when you know that somewhere near, at the distance of a phone call, there are old friends who care about you and if you feel blue, they will always come to your place with beer and chips to disperse your problems with a hearty laugh and recollections of turbulent student days. I wish her a year full of pleasant little trifles and joys that give one strength to make great achievements and reach one’s goals.
May Natalie’s most cherished dreams come true, as we stand up and raise our glasses for her birthday and happiness.