The Nut

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It was just a few days after my father passed away in November 2007 that Don was scheduled to speak at the Aberdeen Lions Club. We were always anxious to learn how the basketball team was developing. Coach Meyer was a master at not disclosing too many team secrets! His speech concentrated on life lessons and jokes that targeted coaches, especially Ole and Fred. That day was special to my brother, Brian, and me. Brian displayed a walnut and asked if Coach had his nut with him and the significance of why he carried it? Coach revisited a simple life lesson. He reached into his pocket and pulled out the walnut which was well polished from being carried around for years. The lesson was plainly stated.   “Life was tough and that there will be days when you have to be tough as a nut. Therefore, I carry this to remind me of that.”   My brother had cloned Coach Meyer’s words at my father’s funeral a few days earlier and passed out a walnut to everyone who attended the service. Coach Meyer closed our meeting with his great sense of humor by saying “My nut is bigger than yours!”

– Ward Schumacher

Don Meyer has set a wonderful example of service. Honor his legacy and join in following his example. Consider a gift to one of the organizations at the link below.

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