SUZANNE: Well, this is quite a surprise.
I guess maybe I deserve this award for the Person-Most-Changed, but..not for the reason you think. Last night I got my feelings hurt because I came to this reunion thinking I was beautiful and what I find out was that I’m fat..at least you think I am. But that isn’t the biggest change in me. The biggest change is that the old Suzanne wouldn’t have shown up here tonight. She would’ve just gotten thin before the next reunion, and then she would have gotten even. But I’m a little older, and I hope a little wiser than that person used to be.
A lot of things have happened to me. A lot of things have happened to all of us. Sandy Smothers was killed the night before we graduated. Diane Mitchell’s got two sets of twins, and Gayland Chadwick’s working in the White House. We had a lot of dreams together, and there’s no point in pretending some of mine came true, and some didn’t.
I met a little boy from Africa tonight whose family died of starvation, and I realized that I spent the whole day at home worrying about the fact that I had too much to eat. I’m not sure the old Suzanne would have appreciated the absurdity of that, but this one does.
Some of you men wanted to know about my bra size, but i’d rather talk about my heart because it’s a little bigger than it used to be. The old Suzanne wouldn’t have forgiven you for the things that you said, but this one will because when I look around this room tonight, I don’t see receding hairlines and the beginnings of pot-bellies and crow’s feet, I just see all the beautiful faces of old girlfriends and sweet young boys who used to stand on my front porch and try to kiss me goodnight. And you can remember me any way you’d like, but that’s how I’ll always remember you. And so I thank you for giving me this award for the Person-Most-Changed, however you intended it. I’m gonna treasure it because..#1..I love trophies..and #2..I earned it. Thank you.