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Sunday, September 23, 2012

First Day of Fall (late post)

This morning was the first day of Fall.  I set the clock to make sure I would not be late for Soccer Concession.  With electric griddle in hand, I made my way to the opening of concession at 8am....Eugene Auer school in Centereach.

As I have done for the past seven or so years with the Cruzers (Gavin), United (Kyle), and Eagles (Luke).  Today was with United, with familiar faces buzzing around concession, I started cooking bacon, and waited for the bacon, egg and cheese sandwich orders to come in.  A steady stream of soccer players, parents, siblings, etc. came to concession.   The griddle was sizzling, the smell of bacon in the air.

This day in history"On this day in 1862, President Abraham Lincoln issues a preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which sets a date for the freedom of more than 3 million black slaves in the United States and recasts the Civil War as a fight against slavery.
When the Civil War broke out in 1861, shortly after Lincoln's inauguration as America's 16th president, he maintained that the war was about restoring the Union and not about slavery. He avoided issuing an anti-slavery proclamation immediately, despite the urgings of abolitionists and radical Republicans, as well as his personal belief that slavery was morally repugnant. Instead, Lincoln chose to move cautiously until he could gain wide support from the public for such a measure."

Somewhere between 1100-1130, all hell broke loose with the bacon egg and cheese orders...that's a good thing.  I could barely keep up with the orders (we're gonna need a bigger griddle).  Patient patrons waited for their bacon to cook, a few sandwiches where eaten by the parents working concession, and I only suffered a single small burn on my left thumb.

After concession, it was over to Sachem East to watch soccer.  Soccer, soccer and more soccer.  We look forward to afternoon games, especially home games with beautiful weather.  Only 10 minutes into the game, Kyle goes down in agonizing pain after making hard contact with another player.  That sinking feeling in the stomach as we watch from the bleachers.  Kyle is not getting up, and coach is calling for the trainer as Kyle clutches his left knee.

Finally, Kyle is sitting up, gets helped to his feet, and is brought to the bench where he is iced and a compression sleeve placed over his knee.  No more soccer for Kyle today.  The trainer comes over to talk to us and explains that he thinks Kyle dislocated his knee, and we should bring him for an Orthopedic exam. He thinks it is just a sprain or partial dislocation, but says that the pain is at the ACL.....

Sachem wins the game, and Sue takes Kyle, while I go back to Eugene Auer for a parents soccer meeting which is being held right after concession.   I stop at Starbucks for a Pumpkin Latte, a true sign of FALL.

The news of Kyle's injury is shared.  After the parent meeting I head back home to make Paella.  Sue is waiting for exam and results of xray.  Initial assessment is dislocation...an MRI is being scheduled this week pending insurance approvals to rule out any ACL or other more debilitating damage.  At least one week off from soccer for Kyle pending MRI results and recheck.

Photo of the day "Pumpkin Spice Latte"


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