The original goal was to start the series with a truck driver doll and then expand to other occupations and to include more ethnicities. A Hispanic diesel technician and an African American safety director were on the list.
However, the doll began and ended with Clare, as the minimum order of 3,000 took years to sell and the warehousing and shipping became costly. I stored the pallets of dolls in my shed and as they shipped out, I put the UPS label on them and sent them on their way.
This is where the story ends with one more coincidence. My UPS driver has been picking up cases of dolls for the past few years. He knew what was in the boxes, but he didn’t know the story of Clare.
As we were shipping out the last few cases, it occurred to me to show him the doll. I asked him if he had a granddaughter. He smiled and told me his daughter had recently had a baby girl, his first grandchild. I handed him a box and told him to give the doll to his new granddaughter.
When he saw the doll, he abruptly stopped as he read the name on the box. I was truly shocked at this coincidence. He told me his new granddaughter’s name is….. Clare. Yes, even the spelling was the same.
My UPS driver gave his new grandbaby her very first doll, one that shares her name! Maybe it’s a sign and she’ll be a truck driver some day! It might be one more coincidence.