My Speech at My Daughter’s Wedding Reception — May 29, 2017

Richard Medugno
5 min readMay 29, 2021
A bride and groom kiss with their eyes closed and framed by small white and peach colored flowers.
Photo by Clare Cassidy

When my daughter and son-in-law got married, I had the honor of making a speech and toasting them. Now, on their fourth wedding anniversary, I thought I’d share my words here as a reminder of what a fantastic day it was and what a fantastic couple they are.

Hello, I’m Richard Medugno. Miranda’s stupid-hearing father and now Fletch’s stupid-hearing father-in-law.

Thank you for coming to this wedding in Iowa, the middle of America — the most exciting place in the world, right?

My speech will have four parts. First, a story about my daughter. Second, a story about Fletch. Third, I will offer some suggestions for having a happy life together. And last I will lead a toast to their marriage.

A black and white photo of a newly married couple celebrating the lighting of a candle in the center of a gazebo with the wedding party standing behind them with their backs pressed against the gazebo’s rails.
Photo by Clare Cassidy

Miranda

I have many memories I could share about Miranda. My beautiful baby girl. Of course, I have many stories I could tell about my Miranda. It took me a long time to decide on one. When she was a junior in high school at CSD [California School for the Deaf], the international studies class was planning to go to Italy. I was excited for Miranda to go because I had been there just after graduating high school and my grandparents were from Italy.

Miranda was not excited to go. She had gone to Southeast Asia the year before and for some reason didn’t want to go to Europe. I said, “Yes, you need to go.” She said, “No, I don’t want to go.” Yes. No. Yes. No. This went on for months before I finally said, “Fine. You don’t need to go with CSD. You can go with me.” Her eyes grew wide and she immediately changed her mind. “Ok, ok, I will go with CSD.” I smiled and said, “Good.”

Imagine my surprise and satisfaction when Miranda went to Italy and had the best time and even sent back pictures of herself in Venice signing, “I want to stay.” I did not resist the temptation to say, “I told you. I told you.” But that’s not the best part of this story. It came a few

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Richard Medugno

Richard is an author and scriptwriter. His latest book is Deaf Politician — The Gary Malkowski Story. His latest script is The Mulligan Marriage.