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My Brother, Nicholas

Yesterday, my oldest brother turned twenty-one.

Let me tell you about Nicholas. Nicholas was born with a maximally curious mind. As a newborn, he never slept much, preferring to continuously take in information from his environment. This behavior has continued to this day, making my brother one of the most intelligent people I know. He is a mechanical engineering major at Sacramento State, and we are enjoying having him home for the summer. He’s working at the place he has loved working for the past three years, Melfred-Borzall.

One other really cool thing about Nicholas is his interest in racing. He is on the Hornet Racing Team at Sacramento State, where they build a racecar each year and take it to competition. He invested hours and hours and hours of his time and effort, and he relished every minute of it. I love how when you are doing what you love to do, it doesn’t seem like work. I love how Nicholas has found what he loves to do… and I love that he is doing it!

Finally, I need to tell you how Nicholas helped me through my darkest days of illness. Every weekday morning, without fail, the phone would ring at 10:10 a.m. It would be Nicholas on the other end of the phone, calling from his break at work to ask how I was doing that day. Sometimes, he would sit with me and teach me how to do the Rubik’s Cube. (Man oh man, did I ever need distraction!) And Nicholas prayed for me. He prayed for me.  I love Nicholas’ faith!

My brother, Nicholas, blesses my life every single day. I pray God will continue to bless his life, and at the same time I thank God for blessing my life with Nicholas.

Happy Birthday, Nicholas. This Quail loves you!

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