Sleepovers were always Hannah and I's favorite thing to look forward to after a long week of school and soccer - a perfect way to hang out and catch up about our daily shenanigans. Most of our sleepovers consisted of baking and splattering the entire kitchen with red velvet cake batter throughout the process. One night in particular stands out to me, and unknowingly at the time, it was the last sleepover Hannah and I would ever have. In the middle of the night, Hannah decided she wanted to move all of her furniture from her room to her basement (and completely tear apart the entire house while we were at it). After successfully spending hours upon hours lugging furniture that was way too heavy for two 13-year old girls to carry down 2 flights of stairs, Hannah had yet another idea.
Instead of finally going to sleep for the night after redecorating both her room and the basement, Hannah came upstairs with 2 gallons of paint. At the time, I just sat back and laughed at her saying “Your mom is going to kill us in the morning!!!” For the rest of the night, Hannah and I painted the phrase “Forever Young” onto her bedroom wall with pink and purple paint. Hannah being the artist she was, only allowed me to paint an infinity sign while she handled all of the heavy work. After finishing our masterpiece, we were both so proud of all our hard work and were so excited to show everyone in the morning. Looking back, the phrase “Forever Young” still resonates with me, and I try to keep that mentality throughout all of my endeavors in life.
Hannah was a radiant soul who graced with me the true meaning of friendship. I am beyond grateful to have years and years of memories engraved into my mind, constantly reminding me of her beautiful spirit. Every day I aim to carry pieces of her with me and constantly live spontaneously, wholeheartedly, and fearlessly, the way she would have wanted me to.
Sue's additional memories:
i'm usually a pretty light sleeper so to this day I have no idea how I slept through the antics of Hannah & Sam that night! I still can't believe they moved furniture and painted her room all without us knowing what they were up to. The words "Forever Young" is the title of a song by Hannah's all time favorite band, One Direction. I still get chills thinking about it now, knowing all that happened - it's as if Hannah knew that would be her destiny. A couple months later, Hannah painted over the purple letters so that they were grey, and it stayed on the wall for some time. I've since redone her room into more of a reading space now but their words are framed and hung on the wall above the couch. So many memories, so much laughter....