Do you know any bikers? I'm talking the tatted out, Cut wearing, bandana and beard having badasses that drive around town on their loud motorcycles scaring small children and self righteous people (who ignorantly assume bikers are akin to gang members and thus a drug addicted, violent, wife beating menace to society).
Around these parts Bikers frequently hold something called a Poker Run...which is pretty much what it sounds like. You pay an entry fee, ride from bar to bar and draw cards. I'm sketchy on exactly how the game is played, but that isn't the point of this story so let's just pretend for now that you won. Yay!
Poker Runs are fund raising events that have benefitted a myriad of people ~ sick children, Hospice, families left behind due to an untimely death...there are many reasons to hold one. I've been to a couple and I'm not even sure I can express what a wonderful experience it is to share a day with so many generous and kind people. When the speeches are made and thanks given, there isn't a dry eye in the house...and that includes the meanest looking dude in the bunch...because at the heart of the matter he too has a huge one.
There is a Poker Run tomorrow. It is to benefit a family left behind when a beautiful light was extinguished in a car accident on Wednesday. If you are the stereotyping type, you would have pegged Jamie as a biker right away. Her arms were a canvas of ink, her chin pierced, her hair a different glorious color much of the time...but it was her smile that captured the most attention. She was as genuine as they come and one of the nicest people I've ever had the pleasure to know.
Jamie left behind a husband, 4 children, and the love and gratitude of the many people she has contributed to helping in her short 35 years. It was with her in my heart that these necklaces were created to be donated as one of the raffles at her benefit tomorrow.
This photo of her is my favorite of the hundreds people have shared on FB over the last few days. Such a poignant and beautiful moment in a loving and meaningful life:
Ride with Angels, Jamie.
You've earned it.