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Welcome to post-midlife …
By By Jill Meier
Challenger editor

November 04. 2013 3:04PM
It finally arrived in the mail last week.

I’d been anticipating it for the better of three months or so.

But it didn’t arrive … until last week.

And that’s when it hit me: Realistically, at 50 I’m no longer considered “middle-aged.”

Nope, I’m on the downswing of life, and with that comes the invitation to become an AARP member.

Yep, that’s right. I received my invite to send in a mere $16 to enjoy the perks of getting older … things like free coffee, reduced rates on hotel rooms and car rentals and more. Oh, and if I respond by Dec. 3, they’ll send me a free mini day bag.

As we go through life, there are events that do define us. Take for instance, the day we go off to school for the first time, a “Sweet 16” birthday party or graduating from high school. They’re all milestone moments in our younger days.

As we progress, there’s a college graduation, a wedding with kids to follow. They’re all milestone moments in our middle years.

And then comes 50. That seems to be the year where all hell supposedly wreaks havoc in our bodies. One of the first things doctors order at that age are colonoscopies, yearly mammograms and calcium pills. These apparently are the milestone moments of this segment of life.

It’s been about a week since the invitation arrived, and I haven’t written the check just yet nor have I tossed it away either. Let’s face it, there’s no stopping getting older. It’s a fact of life. So I guess it’s simply time to embrace it and enjoy the perks of what comes with it. After all, what’s wrong with free coffee, a hotel discount or a mini day bag?
Community organization needs
With the change of seasons comes a change of new needs at the Brandon Area Food Pantry. Among the seasonable requests are hot chocolate mix, bottle juices, baking supplies (flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, chocolate chips, etc.), snack crackers, pizza sauce, Manwich, oatmeal (in canister).

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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