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Only at Notre Dame

| Sunday, September 20, 2015

Today I write to share a simple story of how strong the Notre Dame family is.

There is something very special about Notre Dame.  Everyone reading this letter already knows what that is — it is the “family” aspect of our community. Being a part of the Notre Dame family is something that helps all of us to be at ease and to thrive. It also gives us the knowledge that wherever we go, one of our Notre Dame brothers and sisters will be with us to have our backs and to help us with any need.

My son, a senior at Our Lady’s University, lost his wallet about a week ago. I note he lost the wallet, because the thought that his wallet was stolen on campus never crossed his, or my, mind.

Nevertheless, we needed to cancel his credit cards and make arrangements for a new student ID and license. And of course he was disappointed that the cash and gift cards in his wallet were gone.

Fast forward six days and Josh, my son, sent me a text of a photo of his wallet with the caption “found.” Turns out, someone on campus found Josh’s wallet and returned it to the folks at the Notre Dame stadium, who then contacted Josh to pick up his wallet.

Of course, since this is Notre Dame, and we are all family members, all of the contents (including a not insignificant amount of cash) was still in the wallet.

Perhaps this level of cooperation and honesty exists elsewhere, but without a doubt it is expected here at Notre Dame. And my and my son’s Notre Dame brothers and sisters have not let him down.

Thanks to every member of my “family.”


Jamie O’Brien

class of 1988 and 1993

Sept. 19

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