It was a peaceful afternoon at the old Haddock homestead and both me and Astrid were pushing 70 years old and just as spirited and full of life as we were when we were younger. We were enjoying some time with our kids and their grandkids-our great grandkids-and my mother Valka was enjoying spoiling her grandchildren and her great grandkids. The most of them ended up having NF type one like their parents and their grandparents and even all of Stoick II and Talon's biological kids ended up with NF and autism spectrum disorder.
It was nearing lunch time when Asmund and Alana's daughter, Freya to be more percies, asked me the story about how I meet their grandmother and what life living with NF was like, and I told all of them to gather around and that I would tell them the story about what it is to have true strength in life. They were told that no matter what happens you will always have someone in your corner. As I started telling my story having NF my mother started off about my younger years that I don't fully remember to the point where both me and Astrid could tell our story.
This is the first time our kids are hearing the full story. They had gotten glimpses of it throughout their lives but this was the first time they're hearing it in full. As we start telling my-but really our story, we tell the story our whole family is captivated by. Hearing the somewhat hard and changing life that I have lived and am still living was interesting to all of them.
By the time I got about half way through two of my grandchildren-Magnus and Sage-stopped me and told me that this could make an amazing book. That got me thinking and I had to agree with them that my life's story could be an amazing memoir and I would get writing it today and will have it hopefully published within a year or so. It was surprisingly published with in a few months and sore to the top of the best sellers list and was going to be made into the movie and they wanted me to help direct the movie to have it be as accurate as possible.
At this point in my life I couldn't be happier, and just as I thought my life couldn't be any better my youngest son got a call as he and his husband stepped out for a few minutes and once they returned with happy news that they were approved for adopting three 14 year old teenagers from Outcast City. One of them-the oldest-was a boy named Aka who was paralyzed from the waist down since birth, another one a girl the second oldest of the three named Runa had anorexia nervosa and was bullied by her last foster family for being overweight for two years, and the last one was another boy named Quamar had a speech disorder and was the youngest of the three all of them. They were as close as siblings can be without the blood connection, which was why it was so great Stoick II and Talon were willing to adopt all of them at once rather than them having to seperated.
We were all shocked by this news but we couldn't be happier that our family was expanding once again and it was something to add to my memoir before I send it to my publier. It was in this very moment that I felt that my life and story were finally complete and I could live the rest of my life knowing that my family and friends were all here sharing every moment of my journey together and that they all made me who I am today. I couldn't have thought if they weren't in my life if I hadn't met them I don't know where i would be at this very moment that I know have now. I did always have true strength to make it this far in my life, but it was the people around me who brought that out of me, taught me to bring out my inner strength rather than sitting around or pitying myself. They made it easier to be the leader of a household I am and to happy despite my disability, though it took my own personal strength beyond there's to get this far as well.
After the kids left and Astrid was making dinner in the kitchen, I sat at my long wooden desk, papers littering the thing, with a computer in front of me. I was smiling, copying the first words of my book onto the computer from my journal so I could make any corrections needed digitally before sending it off.
'A tiny toddler cried in his mother's arms, squirming and trying to get free. He hadn't learned how to walk do to problems in the development of the bones in his left leg, so had to be carried everywhere if he wasn't crawling. The two year old had the attention span of a sparrow, and didn't like just sitting on a doctor's office bed in his mother's arms.
Hiccup Haddock had been born an odd baby. His doctors knew he was different, and knew something wasn't right in his development. The painful looking structure in his left leg made that obvious. What they didn't know, do to Berk's lack of the latest medical information and professional doctors, was what disability the toddler had that would make his life different forever.'