Hello everyone. My name is Fred Carroll.
Emmett Morgan was many good things, but he was also a member of the “Daisies.” The Daisies came together some years ago as four couples whose wives were either on staff or program leaders for Landmark Education. Our commitment as their husbands was to further their effectiveness as Landmark leaders by relieving them of what might normally be considered their domestic responsibilities. (I created a whole new relationship with dirt.)
To be a Daisy was to be like Morgan Freeman in the movie “Driving Miss Daisy”, to always be a “Yes” when “our Miss Daisy” needed something done. In turn our Miss Daisies would hold a celebration for us on Valentine’s Day, everyone would have their birthday acknowledged and observed, and sometimes we’d just go have some fun.
I will never forget visiting Candace shortly after Emmett’s death and seeing all the Daisy women gathered there. Maureen, Micki and Doris had stayed with her constantly in those first few days after her loss. Such compassion is not easily created, but when it is there it is there like steel.
And there, too, like steel was Emmett’s remarkable family.
I am a Daisy. So are Jon Charles and Joseph Scott. Our affection for Candace must now expand to become something greater in the face of our loss of Emmett, and I have no doubt it will, even though I may not yet know how.
But I do know this. Emmett was a dear and loving husband. I know this because he was a great friend and a great Daisy.
And as is true for me and of most other English teachers I know, certain phrases evoke certain things from literature. I can see Emmett all over the curriculum, but in particular in this excerpt from David Whyte’s poem “Letting Go”:
At the end
Things pass away
Into a hard won perspective.
The sepia photographs
Like twilight encounters
And the youthful
Across a mountainside.
Standing closer together
We make our vows
In front of others
With a backward
Kind of courage
Away no matter
Even in this
And the firm
Signature of love.
That was Emmett. Love writ large all over my life, your life, the Daises, and his family.
I can think of no better monument to a life. Amen
The above eulogy was delivered by Fred Carroll at Emmett's Memorial Celebration on August 27, 2011.
The Daisies had our first official event - what was to become the annual "Yes, Miss Daisy Valentine's Dinner" in honor of Emmett, Fred, Jon and Joseph - on February 14, 1995. As of this writing, all of the Daisy women remain staff members or program leaders for Landmark Education thanks to our Mr. Daisies. We miss our Emmett tremendously.
- The Miss Daisies
The Missing Daisy Formation by Micki Carroll ©2011