It has been going okay and I have been keeping myself busy at home with books, games and ipad. I received the Olympus book series which I have started to read and it is keeping me quite busy. I am also trying to finish my assignments given by my teachers but sometimes I get overwhelmed to see so many things. It is hard to get everything done for the whole week in 2 hours but my teachers try to make it simple for me.
One interesting thing that happened was that I got a call from the high school hockey coach. I spoke with him about my health, about what position I play, about my favorite team and favorite players. He even said that when I get better then he will be happy to coach me. One of my other coaches has also told me the same thing. I cannot wait to get better and learn from all these super coaches to get back to my team again.
Friday Dec 7th was a big day for me. It was full of surprises! I found out that the Hillsborough High school hockey team has organized a puck drop ceremony for me at one of their games against Ridge Red Devils. I thought that was really cool! My parents took me and my brother and we entered through the side entrance. I saw that the rink was full of people. Then I saw the High school Hockey coach coming towards me. I was so excited to see all that happening. I was only doing fist pump and no shaking hands. We stayed in the office where it was slightly warm till we were ready to do puck drop. I was out at the rink after a long time and it really felt very good. Hand sanitization and the wiping everything including the puck with the wipes to make sure I do not get any infection. As I was standing near the commentator’s box and looking around, I suddenly heard the announcement and then my name. I heard a loud clapping noise and saw everyone waving to me. Then my dad walked me on the carpet to do the puck drop. It was really fascinating to see that so many people do something for a person they do not even know. I cannot believe that the high school kids at this young age would think of making a difference in one’s life. I felt so special at that moment!
See me in action! by clicking here –> Arjun’s Faceoff
I watched the first period and was impressed to see how well the teams were playing. Then came a reporter who said that he wants to interview me… actually there were a couple of reporters who asked me the questions about my passion for hockey. It was really an awesome experience! Later that night, my mom asked me how I was feeling about the evening. I said “It was a happy sad day for me. I was happy that everyone was showing so much love to me. But I was sad too that I have not done anything special for anyone.” My mom said, “Arjun, you are a very special kid who always helps everyone even if you don’t know the person. When you get better than you will get many opportunities to show your gratitude.”! I wish I can make a difference in someone’s life by showing them that staying positive can help you survive all the tough times.