Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Birthday Hannah

Twelve years ago today Hannah Kathleen gushed powerfully into our world. She was a soft, warm, red, chunky bundle of preciousness. Ever since that morning, Hannah has filled our lives with a richness and uniqueness no other child could. Hannah is sensitive, loves animals, is detailed, creative, and has a very developed sense of justice. She has an incredible sense of humor and a zanyness that is unpredictable and refreshing.
She requires comfort. It doesn’t matter how cute she looks, if she’s not comfortable, she’s not wearing it. Her attire of choice is a baggy pair of faded pajama pants and an equally loose t-shirt.

Hannah is a good worker and she’s good with money. She thinks long and hard (painfully long and hard if you’re the one shopping with her) before spending money. Whereas most kids might whittle their money away, Hannah saves for big purchases. She bought her own Nintendo DS and her own games for it (dogs and an aquarium). She bought Bear, the ornery little $200 dog.
When the girls were much younger the most effective method of teaching them about sex and reproduction was purchasing two Teddy Bear hamsters, Reepacheep and Chimpy. With puzzled concentration they watched Reepacheep and Chimpy mate. With awe they watched Chimpy give birth. It was beautiful seeing three little girls get this wonderful education and treat it sacredly.
When the girls were little we had guests up from Mississippi. One night we had a wiener and marshmallow roast over the fire pit in the backyard. An older guests was elated with this little activity. As he hunkered over the fire with his marshmallows, he excitedly exclaimed -- as only a true southerner could -- “Woowee, I’m havin’ myself a good time.” Our family, as we are inclined to do, adopted the phrase.

One summer evening Rachael and Hannah (foolishly) took Reepacheep and Chimpy outside for a picnic. The neighbor kids came over and Rachael and Hannah were soon distracted leaving Reepacheep and Chimpy picnicking alone. They didn’t remember that Reepacheep and Chimpy were outside till 10:30 that night. We searched but didn’t find the little rodents who had given us much joy and many life lessons.
After the mourning subsided we were outside when 7-year-old Hannah said enthusiastically, “Wouldn’t it be funny if Chimpy came back and had Reepacheep on top of her. He’d have on a cowboy hat,” she said as she thrusts wildly, “and be yelling, ‘Woowee, I’m havin’ myself a good time.’”.
Our zany Hannah, how dull our lives would be without her. I’m thankful for this little 12-year-old. She fills our home with joy, thoughtfulness, and tender contemplation.

Happy 12th birthday Boo. We’re proud of you and love you so much.

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Anonymous *mindi* said...

that story is so funny! Woowee!
Happy Birthday Hannah :)
i can appreciate a girl that's all about comfort ;)

August 22, 2008 at 7:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, Hannah, she is so precious. Wish I could hug her today.
Aunt Stacie

August 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM  

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