Thursday, Decemeber 10, 2009
Saturday to remember
I’d best put it in Erin’s words.
“Daddy said, ‘It’s OK,’ but the referee said, ‘There’s blood,’” my 7-year-old has told most everyone after Saturday’s first- and second-grade basketball game.
It was our first game of the season in the East Shelby Church Recreation Association (ESCRA) league.
Early in the game the basketball hit Erin directly in the nose. She looked over at me, on the sideline where I was helping coach, and wanted to cry. I encouraged her to keep playing.
But the official stopped the game and good thing he did. Erin’s nose was pouring blood.
We got her to the bench and I held both my hands under her nose, trying to catch all the blood. I wasn’t completely successful. Some ended up on her jersey, her shorts, my jeans and on the floor.
I shouted for a towel and ice.
Thanks to all who helped – including a coach from the other team, parents from both teams and a nurse (not sure if she was a parent or a spectator).
Some of the ladies got Erin to the restroom and got the bleeding stopped with paper towels and a small bag of ice.
When Erin returned to the sideline, the nurse said she could go back in the game but if the nose started bleeding again, she would have to be on the bench supporting her teammates the rest of the way.
She was a trooper – playing more and not letting the nose bother her.
We won the game, but that’s not important at this age.
After the game, they will ask, “Who won?” But soon thereafter they just want snacks.
This league is more about having fun, learning the game and fellowship.
It was the start of a good day with my youngest child.
We returned home for lunch, rested some and then watched the long-awaited SEC football championship game between Alabama and Florida.
We have a toy elephant near the TV and when you press its front foot it plays the Alabama fight song. All season long, when the Tide has been on TV, Erin has played the song each time Alabama scores. We continued that successful tradition Saturday.
We left at half-time for the Holly Springs Christmas Parade.
While waiting for the parade to start, we went into JB’s Restaurant on the square and watched the bulk of the second half with Johnny and Nancy Boone (also ‘Bama fans) and others.
I shot photos (57 to be exact) of the parade. There was a large crowd gathered along the route to enjoy this year’s entries.
Erin, with the help of some nice people standing alongside her, got her share of candy.
As soon as the holiday parade ended, we rushed home and caught the final seconds of the game and ensuing Tide celebration.
As much as I love the Crimson Tide, I never make predictions. But down deep I felt Alabama was better than Florida this year.
I told Erin I’d take her out to eat for our own victory celebration. She chose El Nopalito’s.
It was a great Saturday – mainly because Daddy and Erin got to spend lots of special time together.
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