My Sister is Special
I have a three year old sister
named Christina with Down's syndrome. It can be a challenge
having a sister with a disability. When she was born,
I cried because I knew people would make fun of the
way she looked and spoke. Sometimes people give her
wierd looks as they pass by, but it doesn't bother me
anymore. Those people don't know her like I do. Christina
is slow at learning to speak, and I don't always understand
her, but that does not stop her from communicating.
She says ''let's go'' and takes me by the hand to show
me what she wants, like something to eat or her favorite
Elmo DVD, and she always says," thank you'' after you
give it to her. Christina didn't learn to walk until
she was two and a half, but now you can't stop her!
Sometimes, she climbs up on the kitchen island,
knocks everything down, and yells for me to come and
see her standing up there, with a big smile on her face.
She loves running away from me when she is in trouble.
People with Down Syndrome really
love, and once in a while they teach us how to
live our faith better. Christina always seems to have
a smile on her face, and really cares for others. One
time my Mom took Christina to Eucharistic Adoration.
As they went into the chapel, she enthusiastically waved
and said, ''Hi Jesus!'' as if He were standing
right in front of her. Everyone in the chapel turned
and smiled at her saying, "she knows He is here''.
Christina is like any other
kid, just slower at learning things, and she should
not be treated differently. Most people don't know that
95% of Down Syndrome babies are aborted. The people
who do this don't know what they are missing! Every
year, my family and I go to Washington D.C. for the
March for Life and try to stop this discrimination aganist
unborn babies. Just because they don't have a voice,
does not mean their lives should be ended. We have to
be their voice. I think nobody should be rejected because
of the way they look or speak. We are all God's children,
and he loves all of us.
Gabriela Velasquez, age12
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