You’re Cold, Baby Doll

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.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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6 Responses to You’re Cold, Baby Doll

  1. Sally says:

    I love reading your memories, Nancy. 🙂

  2. NJ says:

    I appreciate your comments, Sally! Thanks!

  3. Nancy says:

    Nancy, I also had a Betsy Wetsy doll. I was so fascinated with her. my mother cut little pieces of cloth for diapers for me. I was very motherly it seemed, tucking her in before going out to play. I think that was only one summer but am not sure. I didn’t take her with me. We didn’t have a car when I was very young, so I walked everywhere until my accident. I have jokingly told people that God thought I had walked enough. Ha! I did walk a lot, to my friends houses, to the store up over the hillside behind our house to pick berries, or to take a short cut over to the little unincorporated town. Sometimes one of my parents sent me across the hill to the store for some emergency item.

    I remember two other dolls, a walking doll and a rag doll my mother made one year when money was short. She sewed a lot for us anyhow, and that Christmas she made two dolls, one for me and one for my sister. What a great memory.

  4. Nancy says:

    I should have proof read that before posting it, but it is too late now. We did have a car later, but my parents weren’t the kind to be taking the kids here and there, particularly since there were seven of us, so I continued to walk and walked over two miles to my girlfriend’s house many Saturdays, after doing my chores, and back home on Sunday.

  5. Danger Mouse says:

    Hmmm… I could build you a doll that keeps warm. I’m sure someone already has. Let’s see a little light bulb for a heating element, a battery, a switch. There you go… a warm baby doll. Hey! her eyes light up too!

  6. NJ says:

    Nancy in Florida, I’m glad that you have good memories of walking and I feel sad that your walks were taken away from you by the accident. You’ve made the best of it, though, learning to get around and be fully involved in life and that makes me proud of you. Your comment about the rag doll your mom made reminds me of my own Geraldine. I shall write about her.

    DM, that would be an interesting doll that you think an engineer can come up with. A doll like that wouldn’t need a blanket, would it?

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