The Power of Support
When I went to Harry, instead sympathizing with me, the normal reaction, he posed a series of questions for me. He asked questions that allowed him to understand how I had studied, which helped us to figure out why I had not done well. I then asked him how it was possible for someone who had known every vocab word to do so poorly. He explained to me that memorizing every fact is no way to think about material and study for tests. He also helped me understand that reading and connecting concepts is what allows one to truly understand a topic and how ideas are connected, beyond a list of 50 vocabulary words. What is so amazing is the way Harry, when I was on the break of tears, taught me a life lesson that has changed who I am. My brother found away to replace my tears of despair with new tears of gratefulness, and that is the sign of someone special.
Throughout my life, Harry has always strived to help me learn and understand as much as possible. He always tries to help me understand what is difficult and always encourages me to be curious. Perhaps the perfect example of my brother’s kindness was when I tried to impress my Uncle. It was a holiday weekend; my family and I had traveled to New Hampshire to visit my Aunt and Uncle at their brand new house. Once we had arrived and unpacked, we sat down in the brand new dining room and enjoyed a wonderful meal of Risotto, accompanied by delicious corn chowder. After we had eaten, my uncle retired to the sitting room accompanied by Harry and I. We sat down by the fire and engaged in a conversation about politics. Towards the end of the conversation, I sat in my chair completely confused. I proclaimed, “How are you both of you so smart?”
My uncle replied, “It takes time Sam, you will get there.”
I complained, “I don’t think so, both of you are much smarter than me.” It was then when my aunt called my uncle into the kitchen for dessert. Just as I was about to follow my uncle out of the room, Harry stopped me and said,
“Sam, if you want to be able to keep up in these conversations you need to do some research.
You have lots of potential and I think it would be fun if you read an article tonight, and you could then test Uncle Allen about the topic!”
I ended up spending two hours reading the newspaper and I was eventually able to debate my uncle without getting confused. Through my brother’s encouragement, I was able to learn a valuable lesson that has allowed me to understand the dedication it takes to truly understand a topic.
My brother, Harry Breault is an amazing person. He has taught me many things and has greatly affected who I am today. Everyone needs a loving and caring person like Harry, you will always be grateful it you do!