I had a lovely, nostalgic day drawing downtown recently. My dad used to take me down to the office with him pretty regularly. I'd draw on the legal pads, watch the fish in the waiting room, and play with the staplers. Then we'd walk to Court Square, visit a magical second-hand bookshop, and buy popcorn at the Kress drug store to feed the squirrels and pigeons.
Kress's isn't there anymore, but the lovely old building with the intricate terra-cotta tiling is. And I found I could buy a small paper bag of "squirrel food" at the also venerable Peanut Shop. So I had caramel corn while I drew and fed the squirrels afterwards.
Then I headed over to Front Street, right by Dad's old office, and did another piece.
(And on a more recent nostalgic note, you can see the rooftop of the Madison, where Elmore and I were married five years ago, peeking over the top of Kress's.)
Martha Kelly is an artist and illustrator who lives and works in Memphis, Tennessee.
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