Nora's memory of horseback riding
I've talked about this before. About how Nora's memory is absolutely unbelievable. They always say that when you loose an ability, another ability can become stronger to compensate. Like the story of blind people who develop incredible hearing. I think that's what Nora's memory is like.
So the other day, Nora and I were watching Barbie and the secret door [movie]. In the movie, the villain character steals magic from a unicorn and it turns back into a regular horse. I made a comment about how "it's now just a horse". Then Nora said "I rode a horse". She, as usual, was right. She indeed rode a horse at the Center for Courageous Kids a.k.a. Camp in mid 2013. Nora would have been four. It was one of the most terrifying experiences in my life, holding Nora up there. I was having such a hard time supporting her since this particular horse was so tall. After the horse walked about four paces, I pulled the plug on the activity. I cursed myself for taking that big of a risk with her. I remember it was hours before I stopped trembling
Nora continued her tale, "the horse was really high", "I was scared that I would fall off". Then she said "..but a man was helping to hold me up, so I didn't fall". She was right, there was another person helping me to hold her up. Then she added "I need a smaller horse next time".
Nora's memory of the experience was, as usual, completely correct. We have come to rely on her memory for all types of things we can't remember. Like movie quotes, character names, the location of items in the house. Which is why Nora has earned the nickname "the oracle" in our house. If you don't remember something, simply ask the oracle.
goodentree /ˈgo͝odənˌtrēˈ/ noun
derived from our last name: Gooden and the idea of a family tree We came up with the name after we made the decision to start a family (have a child).
When Nora was born and diagnosed with the terminal disease SMA, her story quickly spread, and goodentree became established.
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