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My sister Rebecca is mostly the most important thing to me in the whole wide world. Kids my age, younger and older think most of the time their siblings are pains. I do not agree with them. Rebecca is different and my family knows that. My family is a little different, but it is a loving one. My sister has Down syndrome. She has an extra part in her body that we have one pair of. It is a bit rare. A few of my sister's friends have it too. Some think she is different, but we don't even notice. As we walk by, my sister and I, people stare at her. It makes me feel uncomfortable and down, but I lift my chin and move on. I tell my mom at night, but she says, "They judge her by her cover." I think to myself, "they don't know how great she is." She is my big sister, she is 13 now and I am 9. I am her big, little sister. She is turning out to love music. She sits on the couch while I play piano. She rocks in her seat because she can't explain, but I know what she means. Some people think when we walk into a movie or musical that, "Oh, not going to be good." I get surprised sometimes on how she fits in, but that is how capable she is. She laughs at movies, and her eyes are wide open at musicals. She can do a lot of sports, like dancing, swimming and basketball; she proves she can do it all. I did dancing with her at first, but now she is a pro. Swimming she did all by herself. We play basketball together on the driveway. We also scooter together, we share it. We skate together on the ice. She is doing Special Olympics. In both skating and swimming. You're surprised of what she can do. She is my loving, sweet, caring, helpful sister, and you can't have her. My mom will have two kids with braces soon. I love her more than anything. I know that she is capable of doing anything anyone can do. She is my special, sister buddy!

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Ann Hayes, United States, NM
4/26/2011 11:16:44 AM
I remember when Rebecca was born, and she is very lucky to have such loving parents and a good sister in Sydney. Ann Hayes

Lisa Steele, United States, MI
2/8/2011 3:13:08 AM
Thank you, Sydney! Your story was a pleasure to read. I feel like I kind of know Rebecca through your words, and you, too. You girls are fortunate to have each other. Rock on sisters!

Maria Galvagno, United States, MA
2/7/2011 4:27:21 PM
Sydney--the love you have for your sister is amazing. You should be so proud of yourself for writing a beautiful, heartfelt essay. Sometimes it is hard to be the little sister, but you make it to be so rewarding and exciting. You are awesome!

brandon giang, United States, MA
2/7/2011 3:09:37 PM
sydney your sister is really cool and you should be happy your friend brandon! that is one very touching story it brought tears of touching love that you and your sister had plus i also swim

Allison Juves, United States, MA
2/21/2011 7:45:58 PM
Super story about a super sister! :)

Farzana Jalalkhan, United States, MA
2/7/2011 2:37:23 PM
What a wonderful story Sydney! you captured the meaning of sisters unconditional love.

Joanne C. Simpson, United States, MA
2/7/2011 1:40:48 PM
Yes, Rebecca is wonderful, joyous and a great sister. So are you Sydney!

Joey Yerardi, United States, MA
2/7/2011 12:51:58 PM
Go Sydney!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Good Luck! Great story!

Melissa, United States, MA
2/7/2011 11:15:43 AM
what a touching story!

Aurora Valek, United States, TX
2/7/2011 10:55:43 AM
Great story! Three cheers for Rebecca.

Johanna Green, United States, OR
2/7/2011 6:50:35 AM
Great story, I plan to send it to my friend as she has a special needs brother who could also get involved , thanks for the chance to read this great story, good luck .Johanna

Susan Hauschild, United States, MA
2/7/2011 6:20:12 AM
This heartwarming account should make all of us remember to not "judge a book by its cover". Kudos to you, Sydney!!

Cathy & Jade , United States, MA
2/7/2011 6:10:24 AM
It is a great story - good job Sydney. You are lucky to have such a wonderful sister and family!

Maria Brooks, United States, MA
2/7/2011 5:12:45 AM
This is an amazing story, very touching!

Michelle Lind, United States, OR
2/7/2011 4:30:15 AM
Sydney, thanks for sharing your love for your sister. I have a daughter who will be 10 next month who has Down syndrome. She has a younger sister and 3 older brothers who absolutely adore her and feel many of the same things you do for Rebecca. Thanks

Nicole Leone, United States, MA
2/7/2011 3:37:40 AM
Loved the story! xo Nicole, Sam and Sofia

Judy Bullitt, United States, MA
2/7/2011 3:24:57 AM
Sydney, Good job! I hope you know how much you and your family are loved by everyone at the Redeemer. Bless you and Rebecca and your mom and dad.

Cathy Richard, United States, MA
2/7/2011 2:58:34 AM
How wonderful! If only the whole world would see everyone beyond their "cover". This is exactly the reason why I became a Special Education Teacher.

Debbie Mastroianni, United States, MA
2/7/2011 2:33:48 AM
A wonderful story that should inspire us all. Thank you Sydney.

Cindy Massoff, United States, MA
2/7/2011 1:00:04 AM
I so enjoyed reading your story Sydney, you are an inspiration! And how wonderful that you and your sister have such an amazing relationship! Keep educating, one by one, you are a leader amongst your peers and adults.

Cheryl Van Ornam, United States, VA
2/10/2011 5:49:42 PM
Thank you for that touching and meaningful tribute to your sister!

Amy Goolkasian, United States, MA
2/11/2011 5:01:28 PM
So touching to see the love between sisters

Frank Turner, United States, OR
2/6/2011 6:18:14 PM
We have heard about Rebecca all the way out here in Oregon, thanks to Sydney. She is a great person, both of them.

Lloyd Dahmen, United States, MA
2/6/2011 4:55:29 PM
Sydney and Rebecca: you are both so fortunate to have each other, and by the way, you have wonderful parents as well.

Emma Fooly, United States, MA
2/8/2011 9:15:40 AM
Great story. i love it!!

Robin Lee, United States, MA
2/14/2011 2:16:19 PM
Way to go Sydney...great story about Rebecca; you certainly captured the most important part....LOVE and FAMILY

Tyler Hindermann, United States, MA
2/18/2011 9:59:16 PM
What a wonderful story! Sydney has gained an understanding and love that most only learn later in life, if ever at all. They are a blessing to each other, as they are to all of us. - Tyler

Jusy Keuper, United States, NJ
2/6/2011 7:20:22 AM
What a wonderful story. Our society misses out on so much that is important by judging people only by their covers. My grand-daughters are so lucky to know Rebeca and Sidney.

Ayaka Hoshida, United States, MA
2/6/2011 6:18:31 AM
I love your story Sydney! Its beautiful. I almost cried... Your sister is very special. I hope she wins gold in her competitions!

Gene Dahmen, United States, MA
2/6/2011 6:03:27 AM
We know Rebecca. She is a wonderful little girl. She has a wonderful family too. This is a lovely story by her sister and I hope you will select it as the winner!

Cynthia Casey, United States, MA
2/18/2011 8:20:22 AM
Sydney, I really enjoyed reading your story! You describe your feelings and love for Rebecca beautifully. Keep on writing! Cynthia Casey

Colette Neven, United States, FL
2/6/2011 2:12:39 AM
Wonderful story about two amazing sister

Casey MacKenzie, United States, MA
2/15/2011 10:25:04 AM
Hi Sydney, Wow! Wonderful, enlightning and full of lots of love. Sydney, you and Rebecca are very lucky to have each other, and the wonderful family that you have been given. Casey

Lisa Tucker, United States, MA
2/5/2011 6:19:47 PM
"Oh, not going to be good." YES IT IS. Awesome story.

Fran Sullivan, United States, NM
2/5/2011 5:26:57 PM
What a lucky family! They have 2 very special girls.

Kathleen Browning, United States, MA
2/5/2011 2:29:23 PM
Great job Sydney!!! She is very special, isnt she! :)

Joan Vohl Hamilton, United States, MA
2/8/2011 8:36:31 AM
Sydney, what a terrific tribute to your sister! I felt like I knew Rebecca after reading this. Honoring her with your writing skills is lovely and meaningful. I hope this is published soon... Joan VH

Rosemary Mulligan, United States, OR
2/5/2011 12:18:07 PM
This is a charming story and Rebecca is very lucky to have such a loving sister.

abby strayer, United States, MA
2/5/2011 12:14:57 PM
I love this story. go go Sydney !

Laura Hindermann, United States, MA
2/17/2011 8:30:07 PM
These are wonderful sisters - great examples of love and accomplishment! Wonderful story, Sydney!

Glenn Nordin, United States, TX
2/8/2011 5:15:19 AM
Heart warming story. Marvelous young (big)sister.

Jeanie Neven, United States, OR
2/5/2011 10:54:14 AM
Nice job, Sydney!

Tom Neven, United States, FL
2/5/2011 6:23:46 AM
Great job, Sydney! You have a special love for your sister. Never let that change.

Hadley Horner, United States, MA
2/5/2011 5:13:13 AM
Thanks for sharing your story Sydney!

Robin Moriarty, United States, MI
2/5/2011 4:59:36 AM
The authentic voice Sydney uses is awesome!

Julie Barbieri, United States, MA
2/5/2011 4:32:51 AM
What a wonderful story. You and Rebecca truly have a very special relationship. Julie and Kelly

Olivia Goolkasian, United States, MA
2/5/2011 3:10:52 AM
Your story is beautiful, Sydney. You two have such a special relationship.

Carmen Pancerella, United States, MA
2/4/2011 5:30:06 AM
Beautiful story! And if people stare at you and Rebecca together, it is not always because she is different, but sometimes it is because they can not help being so happy to see the sisterly love that you share.

Carole McElduff, United States, MA
2/4/2011 5:17:59 AM
Sydney, you captured your relationship with Rebecca so well! You are a special sister!! . . . Carole

Dianne Barberio, United States, MA
2/4/2011 7:34:07 AM
This was a wonderful story, great job, thank you for sharing,

Gail Paglia, United States, MA
2/4/2011 7:26:26 AM
What a wonderful story!

Laurel Rogers, United States, NJ
2/4/2011 5:40:25 AM
Sydney, Rebecca is lucky to have such a great little sister! Laurel

Cynthia Fulreader, United States, NM
2/4/2011 5:51:41 AM
This story is awesome! Thank you Sydney for writing such a beautiful story. And thank you both, Sydney and Rebecca for being such darling and special sisters so that we can all enjoy you and your loving family. Great job! Love, Cynthia Fulreader Santa

Karen Sandstedt, United States, MA
2/4/2011 10:01:09 AM
Great job Sydney. You and Rebecca are both wonderful girls and I am so glad you have each other.

Ms. Fucci, United States, MA
2/4/2011 8:26:32 AM
Sydney- You did an amazing job! Your words dance across the page (much like you and Rebecca dancing across the ice!)

Gena Rovelli, United States, MA
2/4/2011 7:40:25 AM
How I love this story!! What a great sister bond you both have!

Jeanie Neven, United States, OR
2/4/2011 6:10:22 AM 1
Thank you Sydney for such a caring story. I know what it is like to be a big, little sister too and I am very happy that you both have each other.

Barbara Kerr-Thompson, United States, MO
2/4/2011 6:07:51 AM
Good job, Sydney!

Alyson Lee, United States, MA
2/4/2011 8:43:54 AM
Sisters are a blessing - what a great story!

Pamela Snavely, United States, FL
2/4/2011 6:40:40 AM
One of my greatest wishes in life is for all of my children to get along and love each other. What a joy it is to see at such a young age how much admiration and love Sydney and Rebecca share.

Melina Crovo, United States, MA
2/4/2011 6:37:34 AM
Great job Sydney! It was so beautiful that I cried...well done.

Debby Hunter Mills, United States, MA
2/4/2011 6:44:49 AM
What a wonderful story! Thanks for sharing Sydney.

Sheryl Franks, United States, MA
2/4/2011 10:25:39 AM
this is what a wonderful mom has taught her daughter what life patience an love is all about !

Charlton Reynders, Jr., United States, NH
2/4/2011 4:49:24 AM
Sydney (your submitter) is an exceptionally talented and mature young girl. And much of her growth and perspective has derived from caring about and sharing with -- and loving -- her own very special sister, Rebecca. Their proud Pop-Pop

Luanne, United States, NM
2/4/2011 10:31:03 AM
Bravo, Syndey! Thank you for writing such a beautiful story. We loved it! Lu, Mike, Chris, Nick and Addie

Matt Cooney, United States, MA
2/4/2011 6:48:39 AM
If only everyone could be as insightful as Sydney!

Carol Pfaelzer, United States, MA
2/4/2011 11:18:54 AM
I watch Rebecca at church,front row and see her pleasure and curiousity at the various services.She is an important part of my church experience. Cheers to her and her family.

Cheryl Stamp, United States, MA
2/5/2011 2:49:10 AM
Sydney, what a beautiful story! You and your family are exceptional people and role models to others.

Kate Hudec, United States, MA
2/4/2011 12:34:37 PM
Rebecca sounds great. I bet she knows exactly how lucky she is to have a sister like you.

Andrea Montano, United States, NM
2/4/2011 11:53:35 AM
What a treat it was to read your story, Sydney. It makes me wish I knew you and Rebecca. :)

Ann Brown, United States, MA
2/4/2011 1:08:10 PM
Sydney- I loved your story about Rebecca. I know how special she is and I also know what a good friend you are to Emma (another older child with D.S.) who could be your older sister. You are a very special girl and Emma and I treasure your friendship

Francis and Kelly Neven, United States, AZ
2/4/2011 12:40:25 PM
We love you both! Wonderful story about two fantastic girls.

Jane Wanger, United States, MA
2/4/2011 4:41:34 AM
Well done, Sydney! I am proud of you and equally happy to have shared your life with Rebecca. Thank you for your insight into a world most people have not experienced. . . Jane

Gary Fulreader, United States, NM
2/4/2011 3:31:51 PM
I love this idea. I applaud what you are doing. Thanks! Gary

Leslie Williams, United States, MA
2/4/2011 3:21:44 PM
Beautiful story, beautiful girls-- inside and out! Thank you so much for sharing this.

Katy Dearborn, United States, MA
2/4/2011 3:49:04 PM
What a beautiful story and what a wonderful family you are!!! love Katy

Lauren Thill, United States, MA
2/4/2011 4:09:17 PM
Great writing Sydney! You are lucky to have each other...your sisterhood is special. Alex & Tori miss seeing you both at choir. Best -Lauren, David, Alex & Tori Thill

Melanie Adler, United States, MA
2/8/2011 4:44:39 AM
Sydney, your story brought tears to my eyes! You are both so lucky to have each other!

Anne Larson, United States, VA
2/5/2011 1:44:11 AM
Superb sisterly sentiments! You are both so fortunate to have each other AND you know it! I am proud of both my accomplished nieces.

Paula Hayward, United States, MA
2/5/2011 2:26:09 AM
Fantastic story, kids, and mom!!! Great job, Sydney.

Anna M Brooks, United States, CO
2/8/2011 3:56:17 AM
Ah, Sydney, that the world would see each other as you and your sister do. Thank you for expressing your feelings so clearly. Special is the word. You are very lucky to have a big sister like Rebecca.

Marc Eames, United States, MA
2/4/2011 4:32:22 AM
Sydney and Rebecca are clearly two special girls and they are a blessing to us all.

Jay and Shankar, United States, MA
2/4/2011 6:22:33 PM
Wonderful job Sydney. We were so happy to read what you had written. The relationship between sisters is always special and it looks like Rebecca and you know that already!

Alys Scott, United States, MA
2/4/2011 4:25:34 AM
Sounds just like Rebecca -- and exactly like the amazing relationship between two great siters and buddies, I know. What a special big litle sister. Love, Alys

Chat and Claudia Reynders, United States, MA
3/6/2011 9:16:16 AM
What a great story from a terrific "big little sister!"

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