The Greatest Toast

“May your table be graced with lovely women and good men.  May you drink well enough to drown the envy of youth in the satisfactions of maturity.  May your men wear their weight with pride, secure in the knowledge that they have at last become considerable.  May they rejoice that they will never again be taken for callow, black-haired boys.

“And your women?  Ah!  Women are like cheese strudels.  When first baked, they are crisp and fresh on the outside, but the filling is unsettled and indigestible; in age, the crust may not be so lovely, but the filling comes at last into its own.  May you relish them indeed.

“May we all sit long enough for reserve to give way to ribaldry and for gallantry to grow upon us.  May there be singing at our table before the night is done, and old, broad jokes to fling at the stars and tell them we are men.”

-Robert Farrar Capon, The Supper of the Lamb