At the beginning of the story, Hannah is told that she must get ready for a Passover seder meal at her grandparents' home.
Even though she knows that she must attend, Hannah dreads the event. In fact, she's tired of celebrating Passover altogether. Just as in previous years, Hannah knows that she will be one of only two children present (the other being her brother Aaron).
To a young girl of twelve, a family event that's predominantly attended by adults is a boring affair. In addition, Hannah dreads the experience of being fussed over by her aunts. She finds it tedious that her relatives always repeat the same pleasantries each year.
Hannah especially dreads the ritual of remembering. This is because of an unnerving experience with Grandpa Will at a previous year's Passover seder.
At the time, Hannah hadn't understood why her grandfather screamed when she wrote a string of numbers on the inside of her left arm. She had merely wanted to duplicate the numbers that were on his arm. Little did Hannah know that the numbers on Grandpa Will's arm were imprinted during his time at a Nazi concentration camp.
Since no one explained Grandpa Will's frightening outburst, Hannah continues to resent him for the fear and discomfort he caused her. In addition, the lack of candor on the part of the other adults hasn't helped matters.
So, in all, Hannah looks at her family's Passover celebrations as a meaningless ritual. She sees the repetitive act of remembering as tedious, uncomfortable, and perhaps even distasteful.