When I was very young and into playing with my doll babies, I learned a lesson which I never forgot. There was a time when I enjoyed dressing my doll and taking it with me when I went away. I don’t think this period in my life lasted very long. Soon I liked to dress the dolls and set them on my bed, but not play with them.
However during the time when I toted the baby around with me, I remember wrapping my baby in a doll blanket to keep her warm as I went outside into the cold of a winter day. I’ll guess that I may have been about five or maybe a tad younger.
We got into the car, heading out somewhere, and I discovered that though I had my baby dressed warmly and wrapped well in a blanket, she was cold as ice. How could this be? I asked my dad about it. I remember him explaining to me that since my doll wasn’t alive, she couldn’t make heat. Blankets and warm clothing keep us warm because as living beings we generate our own body heat and the blanket keeps the heat in. Years later I learned about warm blooded and cold blooded animals. Poor dolly was neither. No wonder she was so cold in winter weather.
Dad was a good teacher.