We arrived for our early flight, dashed to check in our luggage, and waited for my husband to park the car. We might have strolled through a gift shop or two and snapped a few giddy selfies.
But when my daughter unslung her backpack for the security scanner, a gaping hole revealed no Bunny!
While we surged through to get out of the way, my husband circled back to look for the bunny. I saw him loop around by the gift shop and then return, empty-handed, waving us on as if to say we had to move on to catch our flight. Forget about it.
My heart sank. Yes, she could buy a new bunny. Yes, she didn’t need another stuffed animal. But as any parent knows, that one was special. I was not leaving without that bunny.
Who would take a child’s toy anyway?
Nobody, that’s who. Except maybe a well-meaning traveler.
That’s when I asked one of the guards where to find “lost and found” and careened through security not caring what protocol I was breaking or how long of a line I’d face on my return.
I found the info desk — at Pittsburgh International it’s right behind the elevators by security near Au Bon Pain). I managed to say, “Have you seen…” when the attendant withdrew Bunny by his ears and dangled him over her desk.
You bet I whooped and hollered. I think everyone in security clapped for Bunny (except my daughter who won’t let me wave to her at costume parades. I might be a little over the top – what can I say?).
What have your kids lost while traveling? Did you go back or move on?