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Thank you, Mama!

January 21, 2014 - Karin Elton
I left work yesterday around 4:30 p.m. to go to my daughter’s home in Marshall and wait out the blizzardy weather before going home to Lynd. As I walked to my car in the Independent parking lot on Main and Sixth, I noticed a man wearing a thick hooded sweatshirt struggle against the blowing snow as he ran across Main Street after getting off work from Turkey Valley judging from his lunch bucket and boots. I asked him if he wanted a ride and he yelled something to the effect that it was only a little way. Then he changed his mind and ran toward the car and I opened the passenger door of my vehicle for him.

He said, “Thank you, Mama!” and I began to drive in the direction he had been headed. He pointed forward, so I continued north on 6th. He indicated I should turn in an alley and then halfway through the alley he said this was the place. He said “thank you Mama!” a couple more times and we bumped mittened fists before he left.

I had saved him only a couple minutes in the freezing, blowing weather, but I was glad to have done that much. I laughed to myself at all the “Thank you, Mamas.” I wondered what country he was from where they said that. I’m guessing it might be a title of respect to a not-young woman — maybe Nigerian or something.


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