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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.

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