Hannah was the name we most often used. No sense confusing an Airegirl who doesn't know her name by using several different names.
But after she learned her name, we sometimes called her Bana or Hannah-Bana. She responded to both.
She had such a gentle, sweet spirit, so concerned about pleasing us and staying out of trouble that I didn't have the heart to call her an unkind name, even if only in play. Somehow I sensed her spirit would understand.
But endearments. Yes, she was Sweetie, .....
And sometimes we called her Ferdinand.
She would ask to go outside, then find a spot in the sun on a cool day, or a spot in the shade on a warm day, and just lie there watching the world go by.
(This post was written about five months after we said good-bye to Hannah.)
It was such fun to see Hannah play so wholeheartedly! There's a toy hidden in the leaves, one she tosses, loses in the leaves, digs for, then tosses again, and again, and again....
And the object of her interest? Can you see it in the photo below?
Here it is.
A life-like rubber frog! She loved this frog (as long as it lasted).
When Hannah felt safe, we saw her youthful exuberance. These photos were taken when she was 2½, in November, 2008, about six months after she came to live with us. She'd gained about 6 or 8 pounds (up from about 50 pounds) and was looking good. She may look overweight but she wasn't. We learned that her hair grew fast and already needed another clip.