A Valentine for Miss Welty

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A Valentine for Miss Welty

by Ann Taylor Peden
Southern Cultures, Vol. 11, No. 1: Spring 2005

"Thank you, heart lady."

I was about five years old—and being dragged along on another of a series of errands that generally didn’t hold much interest for me. But this trip held promise. We were going to one of my favorite places . . . the bookstore. And for some reason my mom seemed to think it was more of an occasion than usual. I remember that she looked especially nice, but then my child’s heart held this view most of the time anyway.