I wish I remember the story of how I got my Mattel Newborn Baby Tenderlove dolls.
I must have been two or three and I think my parents bought me one and my grandparents sent me the other, probably for a birthday, but it might’ve been Christmas.
My mother announced that I had twins! What fun, two of the exact same dolls.
I named them Susie & Sally.
They have been given horrific haircuts, chewed and written on. All signs of true love.
When I pulled them out of a box buried deep in our garage, I cleaned them up with a Clorox wipe, washed their hair and clothes. My mother made the dresses they are wearing. One of them was still in a diaper made out of Kleenex and when I removed it, it practically disintegrated.
These dolls are over 40 years old.
I don’t know what ever possessed me to save them, but I’m glad I did because Lola is now their loving caretaker.
She won’t get in her crib without them.