It was Hannah’s first day back at school after taking a bit off. I didn’t know that day was definitely going to be her first day back, so it was a pleasant surprise. My bus arrived at the middle school and I got off to walk into the building. On my way to the door, I spotted Hannah a few yards in front of me and approached her. When she saw me, we both smiled big and I gave her a huge hug. During that school year, we had math and gym together.
I sat behind her in math class and she would always wear this white beanie with a pom-pom hanging on the end of it. Naturally, I constantly hit it and played with it during class or when I saw her in the hallway. Hannah would always turn to me with an enormous smile saying, “Stooop,” while giggling, trying to act annoyed (it never worked). One day she had these chewy jolly rancher candies and during class she would sneakily reach her hand back behind her, still looking forward, and give me some pieces. Looking back at it, it definitely was not as smooth as we thought it was at the time.
There is not a day that goes by that I don’t think about Hannah and miss her dearly. She was so bright and funny, and never stopped shining no matter what. I am honored to have met Hannah, let alone become great friends with her, and I will never stop thinking or talking about her to ensure her legacy goes on.