Bubby has a box of kid’s toys in her house, but the ones she really cares about are kept in a separate basket. Bubby didn’t have toys when she was growing up, though she always wanted a doll. Using a towel, she showed me how she used to roll up a shmatte into the shape of a doll for her little sisters to hold and care for She showed me how she taught them to cradle the ‘doll’ and rock it in their arms. When we were young she’d make clothes for our dolls.
She lets the kids play with her dolls today, but I always see her keeping a special eye on them.