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    • Allison Ferguson

      Meijer, originating in Greenville, MI! Every MI child of the 90s learned how to spell M-E-I-J-E-R from PBS sponsor promos airing during Reading Rainbow. And rides on Sandy the pony have always cost a penny each, with kindly adult customers usually leaving a penny or two next to the coin slot! Now as I am grown up and a library director, Meijer has always been generous with providing donations to my small public library’s summer reading program and numerous other community resources.

    • Allison Ferguson

      I lost my Aunt Kim to breast cancer on February 8th, 2006. For too many years, I let myself be completely, utterly miserable on and around her death anniversary. I know it might sound corny, but the advice I found most healing was that you should remember and dwell on all of the days your loved one lived and don’t let the one day they left you overshadow all of your happy memories. Therapy, writing about my feelings, and practicing self-care all gave me the push I needed to give myself permission to let go of the mourning. I celebrate her birthday now by sharing my favorite photos and memories of her, and I am proud to say this is the first year I did not shed a tear on February 8th.

    • Allison Ferguson

      One day I was driving to pick up my mother from work. On the way, I had a random thought about my uncle Brian, which is somewhat odd considering we only see each other during major holidays. The next random thought that popped into my head was, “Gee, I hope I don’t get into a car accident.” Again, this was a weird thing to pop into my brain, but I didn’t dwell on it. Ten minutes later, I was turning at a busy intersection to get to my mom’s workplace and I was t-boned by a vehicle that ran a red light. As I was stunned, dazed, and sitting in my mangled car waiting for the police to arrive, guess who navigated around the wreckage of our totaled vehicles? My uncle Brian in his bright yellow truck.

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