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Girl Talk
A princess birthday and other stuff
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

July 01. 2014 11:12AM
I’ve often been asked: “How do you come up with ideas for your column, Girl Talk?”

My usual response is, “Life.”

I typically write about the goofy happenings and experiences I’ve had in my life, whether that be as a kid eons of years ago or just yesterday during a trip to the local supermarket. Silly things happen to us all, and I tend to document these sometimes-embarrassing, sometimes-silly, sometimes heart-warming moments in the upper left-hand corner of page 2A each week.

Some weeks, I feel the need to share my emotions, whether they’re sad or happy. I’ve written numerous columns on the loss of a loved one – my dad and my grandparents or a good friend, for example. There have been weeks I’ve written about our local government, the high school sports programs or an upcoming event in the community. And other weeks, I love sharing the laughable moments I share with the special youngsters in my life, my great-nieces and nephews. (Some day, these columns could come back to haunt me. Having no kids of my own, these youngsters may just be the ones taking care of their Great-Aunt Jill in her golden years.)

OK, so the headline to this week’s installment of “Girl Talk” reads, “A princess birthday and other stuff,” but there’s been no mention of a princess birthday yet, you say. My great-niece, Karly Kay, moved up another year on the birthday chart on Sunday, officially advancing from the happy-go-lucky age of 3 to 4!

Petite as she may be, Karly is a real ball of fire when she’s in full playmode. But she loves all things princess-like and pink in color, too, and of course, quiet time in her mother’s arms. And she can be a little shy at times, taking refuge by her parent’s side or behind her older siblings, Carter and Makenzie.

I imagine that shyness will fade away over this next year, as that’s all part of transforming into “big girl” mode.

As for the “other stuff” I mentioned in the headline, I hope you’ll take some time to “cruise” through Automania this weekend. With two days of cars, food, music and more, there’s ample time to take in the “largest free car show in the Midwest!”

And while you’re there, I encourage you to put on a friendly smile, strike up a conversation or two with the thousands of people that will be visiting our great community and give them a Brandon welcome they’ll long remember!

Early deadline for July 2 Challenger

The deadline for advertising and legal publications for the July 2 issue of the Brandon Valley Challenger is at 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 25. The early deadline is due to the Fourth of July holiday.

The deadline for copy and photo submissions is at noon Thursday, June 26.
Community organization needs
Needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry this month are Jello and pudding, boxed potatoes, instant mashed potatoes, snack crackers, Snack Pack pudding and deodorant.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods in stock. Monetary donations are always appreciated. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed.

The BAFP is located at 406 Main Ave., and is open from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. To donate to the food pantry or for more information, call 582-7001.

The Brandon Lions Club also wants your aluminum cans. Proceeds from the sale of aluminum funds requests to the Club for vision and hearing impairment needs.

The Lions Club collection shed is located in the Sunshine Foods parking lot.

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