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September is time for remembering Dad
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

September 10. 2013 3:53PM
I have a love-hate relationship with September.

I love it because the first day of the month is my day – my birthday!

I hate the month because just days after my birthday, is the day my Dad passed away, now six years ago.

The other night, some friends and I were talking about our parents. Only a few of us in the group had unfortunately lost a parent or both parents. And it was that very mention that moistened my eyes. It’s funny how a simple thought of someone so special in our lives can do that.

Some days it seems like Dad’s 11-month battle with a brain tumor just happened. Other days, it seems as though it was decades ago. But no matter how many days or months or even years that have passed by, I still miss my Dad.

There has been numerous times over the last six years that I’ve wished Dad were available at a moment’s notice. He was always a good one to ask about car issues, finances and broken down appliances. He always seemed to have an answer to my questions or a solution to my problems. He was good at fixing stuff – that was his specialty.

I wish my Dad were still with us here today. He’d be especially proud of the six wonderful – and oftentimes overly energetic – great-grandchildren that have been added to our family since his passing. He had a knack for teasing kids – not in a mean, harmful way – but in a way that kept them coming back for more giggles. That’s the kind of teasing he was best at.

And I wish my Dad were here to live out his golden years beside my Mom. That’s how it was supposed to be. I admired their near five-decade relationship. Not only were they husband and wife, but I know they were best friends, too. That’s something they were both good at.

So as the days of September roll by, I guess it’s OK if tears line my eyes when thoughts – all happy memories – of Dad surface. That’s something I’m good at.

Hot Rodz Thunder Run is Saturday
The Double D Saloon, 325 Main Ave., will host the sixth annual Hot Rodz Thunder Run this Saturday, Sept. 14. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the ride starts at 1 p.m.

Cost is $20 per driver or $15 per passenger. All proceeds from the event will go the Brandon Area Food Pantry.

There will be food and door prizes following the 80-mile ride, which begins and ends at the Double D Saloon.

To learn more, call 582-2834.

Community organization needs
There’s still a need to restock shelves of the Brandon Area Food Pantry with some popular back-to-school needs this month. Those needs include personal hygiene items (i.e. deodorant, bar soap, women’s feminine products, shampoo, crème rinse), bottled juices, peanut butter, jelly, hot chocolate mix, fruit snacks, saltine crackers and Kleenex.

While always appreciated, the Pantry has a large supply of canned goods on hand. 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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