Keep one and pass it on
May 02. 2014 9:42AM
I got egged last week.
Fortunately, not the kind that would’ve required a bucket of soapy water and a lot of elbow grease.
No, this egg came in the form of one of those happy, little plastic Easter eggs that have been sitting on the store shelves since the Christmas merchandise was being cleared out.
I had left the office for just a few minutes to snap a few photos, so imagine my surprise as I drove into my usual parking spot at the Challenger office – first spot, right by the door (and one of the perks of being a one-woman staff) – I focused right in on the yellow, plastic egg peeking out of the lid of the drop box.
Probably (gulp, hopefully) not.
Turns out, it wasn’t a bomb or a handful of sugary goodness.
No, it was a “Kindness First” egg being distributed by one of our local business friends, The First National Bank of Sioux Falls-Brandon Branch.
So, I cracked it open, and to my surprise, inside there was a note and two, crisp $2 bills.
The note said I’d been “egged,” and I was instructed to keep one and pass the other on.
OK, I’ll admit it: the little devil in me argued, “You could keep both and no one would ever know …”
Yes, I could, I reasoned.
So, fast-forward to the next morning at the Chamber office, when Brandon branch manager Chrystal Rothenberger pulled out the colorful eggs following our Special Events Committee meeting at the local Chamber office. (By the way, we’re busy planning the Chamber’s annual Wine & Golf Tasting, which is Monday, June 9. Inquire at the Brandon Valley Area Chamber if you want to join in on the fun.)
And that’s when the little devil emerged again. “Take it! Take it,” the little devil in me said.
But fierce little angel in me won out. “Give it back! Give it back!”
Yes, you should, I reasoned.
So I did, explaining that I’d been “egged” the day before, and I still had the pair of crisp $2 bills – still in the egg, still on my desk.
But the crisp $2 bills didn’t stay there long. Within the next few hours, I passed one on to former Brandon City Councilman Bob Bruning, who’d stopped by the office. We caught up for a few minutes and before he slipped out the door, I said, “Bob, you should have one of these.”
If you know Bob at all, you know he was grinning from ear to ear.
And he was.
As for that remaining $2 bill, it was then that little angel in me finally saw things my way, “Pocket it! Pocket it!” the angel told me.
And I did.
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.