Seen helping customers at Trader Joe's at about 5:30 p.m., September 5th, 2013
Mama Ada's here to help. Mama Ada knows it's been a rough day at work--Mama Ada's bones are older than yours. Mama Ada wants to keep the line moving. Mama Ada knows you need sustenance. Mama Ada wants you to eat right. Mama Ada don't want you to worry. Mama Ada knows better than you. Mama Ada's known better than you since before you was born, so don't try to tell her how to bag groceries. Mama Ada wants you to respect your elders. Mama Ada don't accept checks. Mama Ada won't take no for an answer. Mama Ada won't let you leave without a hug. Mama Ada's got you, always.
I changed her name slightly, but there's this amazing little old woman who works at the Trader Joe's near me and she is fabulous. All the customers talk to her, and I've seen her give them hugs before. She reminds me to have faith in the human race.