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This article first appeared in issue 23, and was written by Staff.

Charlie Wisdom remembering Christmas at age 6

Charlie Wisdom, Edmonton Manufacturing Company, grew up in Breeding, Kentucky on the edge of Adair, Metcalfe and Cumberland Counties, and has this memory to share:

"One Christmas memory stays with me and I still tease my family about it.

My cousin, Danny Firkins and I were about age six that year. Back then we didn't have battery operated toys, everything was windup. And we'd get one main gift and the rest of Christmas would be mostly candies, fruit and treats like that which you didn't get during the rest of the year. Danny and I each got a windup toy dozer for our main gift that Christmas. His dozer was bigger and stronger, but mine was faster, and we were really excited about them.

"We were playing with our dozers on the kitchen floor of my grandparent's home-Charles and Mary Lee Firkins-when we suddenly found ourselves standing in the background, hands empty, just watching our gifts. Dad, James Wisdom, and Danny's dad, Uncle Albert Firkins, were on their knees on grandma's floor, using her cook stove firewood to build bridges, roads and tunnels challenging our dozers to travel over.

"We wanted so bad just to get our hands back onto our Christmas gifts, but we had a time getting dad and Uncle Albert out of their own little world."

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