*This is the letter I wrote to OSU for my request for catastrophic withdrawal. Please take time to read. It gives a glimpse into how much Layne meant to me and explains my decision to take the semester off.*
To Whom It May Concern,
I am Hannah Darr, an agricultural communications senior. I am writing this letter in regards to being granted a catastrophic withdrawal. My fiancé and OSU student, Layne Meriwether passed away on February 5. This is our story:
Layne and I’s lives were intertwined at an early age. I moved to Waynoka, Oklahoma in 1st grade. We attended school field trips together, were in 4-H together, and later FFA. When I was a freshman in high school (2010), Layne asked me to go on a date with him to “fifth quarter” after the football game. I was so nervous that the cute, junior running back was asking me on a date! At first I said no, but I gave in and we were inseparable ever since. We loved doing everything together. We ran track together, gave speeches together, showed animals together and more. Layne even worked for my parents. We loved traveling, fishing, shooting guns, working cattle, cooking and spending time with our brothers. Wherever one of us was, you were sure to find the other.
Fast forward 6 years to April 15, 2016. That is when Layne took me to our favorite fishing spot on my family’s land and asked me to spend forever with him. I thought I was the luckiest girl in the world, but if you looked at his huge smile and bright, shining eyes locked on me, you could see that he thought he was the luckiest guy in the whole world. This past year has been full of wedding and life planning. My house is full of all my wedding decorations just waiting for my wedding day that will never come. Layne and I had planned our lives out and even bought cattle together. We said it is pretty serious when you buy cattle together. We knew what land we would eventually build our house on and even our future children’s names. Big plans and big dreams that we will never get to carry out together.