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Girl Talk
We can all use a smile ...
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

June 19. 2013 3:37PM
A big smile and a hearty laugh - they’re both ingredients to a good day.
Over the weekend, I had several opportunities to sport a big smile and e
njoy a hearty laugh. It began Friday night at Relay for Life, where survivors, caregivers and supporters came together to celebrate, to remember and to fight back against cancer. There were reasons to smile, starting with each of the survivors who, step by step, walked around the track for the Survivors’ Victory Lap. And there were reasons to laugh, too, despite the seriousness of cancer, such as the clothesline of colorful bras hung up at Karen’s Crew camp and a sign that boldly announced, “Hunting for a Cure!”

On Saturday, my smiles and giggles came from my visit to the Ode dairy farm. A good friend of mine, Holly, tagged along. She’s a city girl whose had little exposure to farm life. Our visit to the dairy reminded me of the time when she came along with me to the Turner County Fair in Parker about a decade ago. Her eyes grew wide as a 4-Her led her dairy cow right past us. It took a little explaining, but by the time we left the fair that day, she was starting to grasp that homemade pies, midway rides, cotton candy and livestock are the very things that make up a good Midwestern county fair.

So this week, as I gear up for the next big event in Brandon – Automania – I’m sharing a few “ever wonder whys …” with you.

• Why do supermarkets make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front?

• Why do banks leave vault doors open and then chain the pens to the counters?

• Why do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in our driveways and put our useless junk in the garage?

• Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?

• Why can’t women put on mascara with their mouth closed?

• Why don’t we ever see the headline ‘Psychic wins lottery’?

• Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavoring and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?

• Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?

• Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?

• Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?

And as summer’s heat rolls in …

• Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
Community organization needs
This week’s needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry are disposable razors, paper towels, bottled juice, pizza sauce, baking supplies and cookie mixes. 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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