My Brother & I
By: Connor Lenahan
Today my younger brother Chase turns 18. I’ve had him as an incredibly important part of my life now for all of that time. Chase is shy by nature, he wouldn’t be looking for any sort of recognition for his work, but if anyone deserves recognition it’s him.
As both my parents, our brother Cary, our dog Candy Bob, and anyone else in the consistently rotating cast of characters coming in and out of the Lenahan household will tell you, Chase is the most important person in the house. It goes larger than a peacekeeper. It goes larger than simply helping out. No, Chase is literally the reason our family keeps going.
My brain always works in sports analogies, and seeing as Chase is on his way to see his team, the Knicks, lose to the Warriors in New York tonight, I have figured out how to best explain what Chase is through basketball. With any successful team there are players who will do the dirty work to make sure that the team can succeed. Fouling people, passing up credit and shots to narcissistic players (Read: Me), rebounding like an animal, etc. If there were an NBA player that had the same work ethic that Chase did for those tasks he’d be a unanimous Hall of Famer and would have a statue built in his honor.
No matter what it is that we ask of Chase, he gets it done. We basically have tasked him with fixing every technological problem in the house. Every malfunctioning DVD is his job to fix. Never once has he complained about it. In fact, he probably enjoys it.
When trying to explain whom my brother is there is no way to get more than five words in without mentioning “helpful” with a laundry list of positive adjectives. He’s the hardest worker I know. By miles. But especially to me. I’ve said on many times when discussing my struggles with broken bones that no one gets through a fight alone. I’ve never had to face the fight by my lonesome. Chase has always been by my side. I torture him with requests for foods or chores that he does for me because he’s an amazing person. He will never understand how much I owe him for that. He so easily could have told me to buzz off when I’d be requesting a soda at 2 AM, but he just went and did it. He’s helpful to scary degrees.
He’s smart, kind, hilariously funny, and one of my favorite people alive. I selfishly wish Chase wasn’t as quiet as he can be. When he opens up he’s the life of the party. He has reduced me to tears of laugher multiple times. He’s a comic genius. He’s smarter than the average bear. As much as I hate to admit it, he can out argue me on the NBA every single day. This might seem somewhat trivial, but I can tell you with confidence Chase is happy that I’m willing to go on the record with this statement.
I cannot say enough good things about my brother. He’s as large a part of me getting where I am today as anyone. He is a positive force to the world as a whole. He makes the world a better place to live in. When I heard he had been accepted to Syracuse last December I couldn’t stop telling people. I was elated that Chase’s hard work had paid off with the opportunity to go to a place I wholeheartedly guarantee he will love. Again, you can’t find anyone more deserving.
We both grew up on Thomas The Tank Engine as kids. The biggest compliment that could be given in that show was being “a really useful engine.” Here we are, 18 years after the world, my family, and I were blessed with this incredible human being, and I can tell to the world that no one, repeat, no one, is a more useful engine, than my brother Chase.
I’ll see you next week. I can’t wait.
Connor Lenahan (@ConnorLenahan) is a freshman at Boston University, majoring in journalism. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org