In 2006, when Cora was born, the name was ranked 384 per million babies. I’m not sure Cora counts in those statistics, since she wasn’t born alive and therefore had no social security listing. Anyway, the name as of last year was ranked 303, so it’s getting more common as the trend for “old fashioned” names catches on. That means it’s randomly popping out at me more.
I teach the 6-year-old primary Sunday school class in church. All the kids 3-7 meet together first for singing & sharing time, where we sing songs and the primary presidency does a little learning activity. Yesterday, we had a couple visitors, and so we sang a welcome song. The visitors were the song leaders nieces so she was fairly excited. She introduced them “This is Esther, and this is Cora.”
It was like a stab in the gut, and I had breathe slowly to keep from bursting into tears.
Needless to say, it was VERY hard to sing “Here we are together with Cora.”
I’m just very glad that she wasn’t in my class. I don’t think I could have handled that right then.