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A Metcalfe County Christmas Memory: Oh, get it, Robert! Get it!

'The Christmas night when Santa brought the doll, her brothers took great pains to tie the doll to the top of the cedar Christmas tree, where a star is the usual ornament.'
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Linda and I asked her mother, my favorite mother-in-law, Geniece Leftwich Marcum, which Christmas she remembered most. There was one vivid one, she said.

It was the Christmas of her first doll. It was a Christmas in the big frame farm house on "the Dillon Place" at Bellview in Metcalfe, her father, Walter Leftwich, had bought, paying his father for it with all the proceeds from a few years' tobacco crop, she remembers.

She was the youngest of the nine children. All of whom doted on her, including those four older brothers, who mostly protected, but could tease her at times, too.

The Christmas night when Santa brought the doll, the brother, John Robert, took great pains to tie the doll to the top of the cedar Christmas tree, where a star is the usual ornament. Perhaps, she said, the older brother had wanted her to search and search for the doll, perhaps even cry, and then would spend minutes as long as hours on a wild goose chase and finally let her find the lofty gift.

Perhaps they thought there would be some kind of life lesson in that.

"But when I walked into the living room," she says, "the very first thing I saw was that doll, and didn't take my eyes off it. I started dancing, clapping my hands and yelling, 'Oh, get it, Robert! Get it! Get it! Get it!' " She said he dutifully brought it down, and for the rest of the day and the rest of her life she remembers that gift.

Her big brother, John Robert Leftwich, grew up to be the father of Elaine Leftwich Wade, sister-in-law of Columbia State Farm agent, Jill Wade Smith. He and his wife Charlotte Bryant are also parents of Dr. Russell Bryant Leftwich of Nashville, TN.

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