Guest view...The person I admire most: My Cousin Kyle
By: Isabella Falk, Pine Journal
The person I admire the most in my life is my little cousin Kayle. My little cousin Kayle is only 6 and was born with Down syndrome; he is a joy in my life. I love him and care for him. No matter who he is he will always be in my heart. He helped me learn how to be a good cousin. I love his siblings, too, but admire him the most. He helped me learn how to play with little kids and is one of the best little kids I have met in my whole life. I admire Kayle because he has taught me that we are more alike than different; because Kayle is himself, he never pretends to be anyone else. He is a loving, caring, funny and sometimes spicy little boy. I admire how hard Kayle works to learn new things. Children with Down syndrome can learn all the things I can, it just takes a little bit more time. So when I have trouble on my math homework I keep trying because Kayle inspires me to keep trying. As you can see, my cousin Kayle is pretty awesome and you can see most of the reasons I admire him.
World Down Syndrome Day is March 2.
Writer Isabella Falk, 10, is a fourth-grader at Washington Elementary School in Cloquet and wrote this paragraph as part of a school assignment. Her cousin, Kayle, is a kindergarten student at South Ridge School in Culver. His mom, Harmoni Price, submitted this essay to mark World Down Syndrome Day.