Packing is always a stressful endeavor. Packing for a return trip from Disney World is especially stressful. And what happens when you are packing some remaining items early in the morning after getting way too little sleep when you need to leave to return home in an hour and a child’s favorite stuffed animal is missing? Apparently, that’s when my brain locks up.
NHL has a "travel buddy" that he takes with him on every trip. It’s not something he sleeps with every night at home, but he likes taking it with him on vacations. Unfortunately, this seemed to have disappeared a few nights ago and we only realized it as we were ready to leave. Fortunately, when I called the front desk of Disney’s Yacht Club, they mentioned that they never throw anything out. Unfortunately, their lost and found department didn’t open until 8:30am and our Magical Express pickup was at 7:30am. So I left a very coherent voicemail message.
Ok, who am I kidding? I left a semi-rambling description of the lost item followed by my name and my phone number. Well, I tried to leave my phone number. Remember that "brain lock" from before? Well, that happened. Suddenly, I couldn’t remember my number. B tried to help by giving me her number to tell them, but that only confused my locked-up brain more. We hung up (feeling completely embarrassed, of course) and I composed myself. I looked at B’s phone number on my phone as I called back and left a better message.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think we’d ever see the buddy again. I figured it was gone for good. But, as we approached the TSA carry-on check, Disney called us. They had found NHL’s buddy! They confirmed our home address and told B that they’d ship the buddy to our home. This was a nice, magical resolution to what could have been a very sad end to our Disney trip.
My Aloha Friday question for today is: Have you or your kids ever lost anything on a vacation? If so, did you find it again?
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the linky there if you are participating.
Disclaimer: We paid for our own trip to Disney World to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Celebration. Though we were given an incredible deal from Disney, they never asked us to blog about this event.