We Are Family
By Kari Kempka
I know I say this every month, but
seriously ... how is it October already? Not
that I'm complaining! As you may recall last
year, October is my MOST favorite month! Not only
does it mean Fall is here which is my favorite
time of year, it's also the month of my
favorite holiday and of course, the month I
married my best friend. But ok, all that out of
the way, let's get onto my article!
So last month, Dave and I took the kids to South
Dakota for an end of summer family vacation. We
LOVE it out there and make sure we take in every
aspect of the West that we can. This trip out was
different in that we came home with some different
souvenirs; ones with heartbeats! No, we
didn't bring home buffalo, we brought two
tiny little, mange-ridden puppies who were
abandoned on the side of the highway. It was the
saddest thing to see and of course we had to help
them. Long story short; we now had two additions
to our family and we are just absolutely in love!
I know what you're thinking; last month she
writes about her cheerleading daughter and this
month her dogs. Ok, so I am a proud momma but I
promise I have a point!
Those two little puppies made me think of how many
times I have seen bikers stranded on the side of
the road and how we always stop for them as well.
There is that sense of family when you see a biker
who's off to the side of the road; bike
broke down or whatever the situation is. We see
that person and we stop even if they wave us on or
give us a thumb up, our inclination is to stop and
help our family. Think about how awesome that is!
Do you see every Chevy owner stopping for every
broke down Chevy (no offense to Chevy lovers,
it's just an example)? No, you don't!
You know why? Because our community, our culture
is to stand by each other, fight for each other
and yes, help each other! I wouldn't trade
this life for the world!
It's this life that gave me the opportunity
to travel to Virginia last month for the Meeting
of the Minds hosted by the MRF. Where I got to
hang out with hundreds of people from our extended
family, share ideas and say, "thank you for
having our back; we have yours too."
It's this life that brings bikers together
from all over Wisconsin this month for our Annual
State Meeting where we get to see old friends and
make new ones. It's that life that brought
us all together this summer for poker runs,
rallies, bike nights, parties and so much more.
It's this life that I cherish every single
day and thank the good Lord above that I get to be
a part of.
I love my biker family through thick and thin and
there isn't a one of you I would trade for
anything ... and yes I mean that! I hear so much
bickering out in the world, SO MUCH drama out
there and just ridiculousness everywhere! BUT in
here, we have THIS life and we have our FAMILY and
not many people out there can say that about the
people they hang with! So my brothers and sisters,
have a safe October! Watch out for slippery
leaves, grass trimmings and wild animals jumping
out! It's a beautiful time of year but
it's also a little dangerous and I
wouldn't want anything to happen to anyone
in my family! Love you guys!
Kempka, Kari. "We Are Family." ABATE of Wisconsin Newsletter Oct. 2017.