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If my head weren't attached ...
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

April 02. 2013 9:35AM
Some days, if my head weren’t attached, I think I’d leave it behind somewhere.
I imagine we’ve all mumbled this similar phrase sometime in our lifetimes. Obviously, it happens when we least expect it, and usually long after we’re miles away.

Unfortunately, I found myself mumbling those very same words to myself on more than just one occasion last week.

My forgetfulness, often brought on by a surge of chattiness, reared its ugly head at last week’s Chamber of Commerce banquet when Kim Cerwick, the Chamber’s executive director, reminded me to take a centerpiece of fresh flowers from my table home that night. After scooping up the vase of the spring-like blooms, I stopped to visit with Holly Hoffman of “Survivor” fame to thank her for her incredible presentation. But my parting thank you spurred more conversation between Holly and I, prompting me to set the vase of flowers down as we did what a lot of women do best: we chatted!

Later, as I tried to drift off to sleep reviewing portions of my workday, it came to me then that the vase of flowers I had in hand at one point, didn’t come home with me that night.

While it wasn’t one of those “the sun won’t come up tomorrow” moments, a vase of fresh flowers during these overcast days were certain to brighten things up around my home.

Fast forward two days, and my forgetfulness reared its ugly head once again following lunch at a certain Italian restaurant in Sioux Falls. With a hankering for this certain Italian restaurant’s never-ending salad, I convinced a friend we should fight the traffic on 41st Street on a Saturday so my craving could be satisfied.

As I ordered up the restaurant’s soup and salad lunch special, I decided an appetizer was in order for us that day, too. Much to my delight, the salad arrived in quick fashion, followed by our entrees. And as our friendly, young waiter sat the bowl of soup before me, I reminded him of the appetizer that missing in action.

Part way into our entrees – and with our stomachs on their way to being filled – the appetizer arrived. We didn’t eat much of it, we couldn’t, so I asked for a to go box.
After taking care of our bills and preparing to leave, I noticed my friend was about to leave her cell phone behind on the table. And while I so easily spied the handheld communicator being left behind, I looked right past the white Styrofoam box containing the leftover appetizer.

It wasn’t until I was dropping my friend off at her home, which is located on the east side of Sioux Falls, when the “you forgot your appetizer” light bulb went off. I knew I wasn’t going to battle the traffic on 41st Street again, not to mention that the leftover appetizer was now just a pleasant memory in the restaurant’s trash.

“That’s twice this week I’ve forgotten something!” I emphasized to my friend, following up with, “It’s a good thing my head’s attached or I’d probably leave that behind too.”

I had one more stop to make that day while in Sioux Falls at one of the many national chain retail stores. As I pushed my cart away from the checkout counter, I stopped dead in my tracks – nearly colliding with a woman following me out the door – to take one last look. Much to my delight, I was elated to see that I hadn’t left a single item behind, including my head.
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are boxed potatoes, pasta and rice mixes, bagged (dried) beans, Homestyle Bakes, hot cocoa mix and napkins. The BAFP continues to have an ample supply of canned vegetables. Before donating, please check the expiration date, as expired food items cannot be distributed. Monetary donations are always appreciated.

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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