It is difficult to believe that we are all turning 22 this year, lived through a global pandemic, and will be graduating college in a few short months. Time has gone by so quickly, and yet, a piece of my soul will always be 14. It is birthday’s, milestones, and angel-versaries that we get the opportunity to publicly reflect on memories, but those that held Hannah the closest understand that there are “Little Things” in our everyday lives that bring us back and make us smile.
A piece of me still feels like Hannah will be pulling up to the house, like she did every Tuesday and Thursday for our Stingray’s soccer practice carpool. We spent countless car rides stinking up our parents’ cars with our sweaty shin guards (sorry mom, dad, and Mrs. Funck!). For years, we practiced and played together on the same field, it was our ritual. I am forever thankful that those car rides and practices set the foundations for what would become summers riding bikes, Taylor Swift concerts, and a forever bond. My most prized childhood/preteen memories are all with Hannah: Game winning goals, dying our hair with Kool Aid in my backyard, Hannah running down the middle school hallway to tell me her mom was about to have the baby brother she always wanted. As time has passed and I have entered adulthood without my best friend, I am constantly reminded that I have an angel to thank for all of my continued blessings.
Hannah lived a life of love and joy, loyalty and friendship, kindness and adventure. It is in this image that I strive to live my life on a daily basis. Birthdays and milestones have passed without her, but I have come further into the realization that Hannah set the standard for how I view friendship, life, and love. I cherish the years we spent as best friends and treasure every heaven held conversation we continue to have.