What my little sister taught me
Editor's Note: DC Action is pleased to welcome Tulli Dobler, our operations intern. In a few short weeks, she has already gotten our office in ship shape. Here's her first blog post.
As the newest member of the DC Action for Children team, and as a first-time blogger, I wanted to write something that would truly reflect who I am and where I come from. I knew immediately what I had to write about.
I was born and raised in Spokane, Washington, and grew up with two siblings. The most influential person in my life is my little sister, Rosine. On one hand, growing up with Rosine was like growing up with any other little sister. We would play games, have fun, and cause trouble. But in many ways, growing up with Rosine was also quite different.
When I was younger, I remember feeling uncomfortable from the stares and whispers people would make. I also remember an incident when my mom (who is probably the sweetest, most caring woman on this planet) got upset at two men for making a comment using the word “retarded” in front of my sister and I. I didn’t get it. Some people couldn’t understand what Rosine was saying, but I could. Sure, she looked a little different, but her slanty eyes, rosy checks and somewhat flat nose and face only made her cuter. So, what were these people looking at?
In case you have not figured it out, Rosine has Down syndrome. Now grown up and 19, Rosine is a typical teenager in that she loves the newest teen-pop singers like Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus, and craves independence. She also loves singing, cards and any game outdoors. But through the course of my life, I have learned more from this person than anyone else. I have learned about an outlook on life that I wish all people, including myself, could have. Rosine does not see rich or poor, big or small, ethnicity or color. She sees every person as a human being who could use some of her love and joy, and is more than willing to share her laughter. She does not dwell on the negative, and, as anyone who knows her will tell you, is possibly the most loving individual one may ever come across.
Now, having the opportunity to contribute to DC Action for Children, I want to make sure that I can use what I have learned from Rosine and apply it to my work. For all children, even the children with special needs, deserve the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential.