Groom’s autistic brother delivers best man speech: “He taught me being different is a strength”

Amy Christie

A speech delivered by a groom’s autistic brother in Iowa left guests in tears and reminded everyone just how much it matters to feel loved and valued.

Sam Waldron, 23, told the room full of 170 guests that his brother Jonah, 27, had never once “looked down on him” but always encouraged him to do his best and see the good side of things.

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The speech revealed how Sam was always afraid of interacting with people because he is autistic. Still, his brother Jonah was always by his side throughout the years and kept reminding him “that being different is a strength,” according to The Epoch Times.

As they listened to him, guests had tears in their eyes, and then smiles showed up as Sam talked about Johan’s new wife, Madison Waldron, 25, who he thinks has “all the makings of a great sister and married the second most handsome Waldron.”

“I was nervous before the speech. I wasn’t sure if they would like my speech, but I got more comfortable as I started. I felt like I was speaking to whoever has autism and for the autism community,” Sam shared with the outlet.

Jonah was very touched by the speech. “Once he began, I couldn’t hold in the tears of happiness,” he recalls.

Helping Sam has guided Jonah to choose a career as a special education teacher because he wants to support as many kids as he can.

“My relationship with Jonah is amazing. We hang out and have fun,” Sam said about the way he and his brother bond.

For Sam, becoming his brother’s best man was a dream, and he couldn’t believe it when he saw his wish come true.

“I’ve always known I wanted Sam as my best man. He was happy, but you could also see that he was nervous. My favorite part was when he explained to Maddy that she gave him peace. That is exactly the way I would explain how she is with him. Everyone I saw was crying and laughing, and he mixed all of that very well,” Jonah concluded.

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