What a great way to end a day that began in the dentist's chair. Don't get me wrong...I love my dentist, if we could just meet for lunch and a chat about our mutual love of sports. But working on my teeth? Uh...no, thanks. So lucky that Dr. Joe Arnold and I always meet our separate, but equally important, goals. He keeps my teeth healthy and I remain pain-free. Thanks, Dr. Arnold!!
Late this afternoon, I was fortunate enough to take part in one of my favorite events of the year. The children whom Children's Miracle Network have helped gather at the Snake Pit. This year, the kids were treated to some fun on the ice with the players.
I enjoy watching the big little kids interact with the real little kids. Not sure who has more fun!! Some of the children immediately took to the ice, though hanging on for dear life to their skating aids...human and otherwise. There were several falls, but the little guys always got up smiling!
There are contraptions that I hesitate to describe, knowing I'll bungle it badly. Picture a walker for an elderly person. Make it out of lightweight pipe. Shrink it. Presto!! The children held on to it as they glided over the ice.
Some of them preferred to hang on to the players instead. Sometimes the guys picked them up and gave them a guided tour of the ice surface. Other times, the kids were happy to be semi-dragged over the ice by the players.
A final enticement to the reluctant children were the folding chairs. The players put the kids in the chairs and pushed them all around the ice. It was so cute and the kids had a ball!!!
Children's Miracle Network is an amazing organization that helps teeny, tiny babies and their families when the kids are born way too soon. Look for a story coming around the time of the annual Snake Eyes event in early March. You'll learn all about the journey of one little girl and her family. :)
I didn't get to speak to all the players. Wanted to meet Joe-the-new-guy McCann, but he never came close to my safe spot on the carpet. Was going to congratulate Tom (the former new guy) for losing his title but talking to him would have required too much risk of bodily injury...walking the length of the ice. Will tell Tom another time...haha.
You'll be happy to know I got an injury report from both Sammy and Daryl. Bless their hearts...I call their names and motion them over to the carpet and they come. Like magic. :)
We have our own version of show-and-tell as I see the effects of Sam's rehab. All I can say is WOW. Sam is MUCH, MUCH, MUCH better than he was when I talked to him last week. He is chomping at the bit to get back on the ice. Sammy was beaming when he told me that he practiced today...shot the puck and everything. YAY. He could play this weekend, but that pesky 30 days doesn't expire 'til Monday. So number 24 should be back in the lineup the following weekend...on the road. Ugh.
Daryl is getting pretty antsy too. He is still wearing a hard plastic covering over the affected area and is due to get an x-ray this weekend. It's now been three weeks since Daryl went down. He's hoping the x-ray shows it's healed enough for him to start playing. The doctors will probably fit him with a protective covering so the same area doesn't take another whack. Daryl too practiced today and was all smiles telling me about it...haha.
I also had the chance to talk to Brett and was telling him how we are ALL ready for some hockey this weekend. One weekend off is nice. Two is unacceptable. Brett said the guys are definitely ready to get back to the Snake Pit. He said it was a loooooong two weeks. The dreary weather made the trip even worse.
When you read tomorrow's story, you'll hear that Ian has been ill. I didn't get to speak to him, but he looked fine to me. Andrew is still in SC, but only a phone call away.
So excited about hockey tomorrow night!! See ya'all then!