Thank you so much. While you haven’t been able to thank he I am sure she is happy that you are happy and you get to have those memories. That is awesome.
In our house my Dad was pretty against me being anywhere near anything girly or playing with any girly toys. It wasn’t a thing that was allowed. I remember one of my cousins gave me an old Lurky stuffy she had on her bed that I fell in love with. I was like 6 or 7 or so I took it around all over for a couple of weeks, my Dad was fine with it, until he found out it was a character from Rainbow Brite, then it had to go.