This is the story of a little suitcase that went from Seattle to Houston and finally home to Brooklyn.
Several times a year, when my granddaughter flies with her parents and little sister across the country to visit her Seattle grandparents, cousins, aunties and uncles, she always brings her lunchbox-size suitcase that I bought for her when I spotted it in the Copenhagen airport two years ago. It was perfect – small enough for a toddler to tote and big enough to hold her lamb blankie “Wuddy” and a few other choice treasures.
This August we had two glorious weeks together but six hours after we said our tearful “good-byes” we got this report from Fiona's dad: “Flight went amazingly well. Bad news is little suitcase got left at Sea-Tac. Reported it to airport Lost and Found. Hoping it will be turned in and you can pick it up. ”
Our phone calls over the next 24 hours to Sea-Tac and Delta and the restaurant where the precious cargo was left brought only “no, so sorry.” Then a day later, as our hopes sagged, the airport Lost and Found got in touch with Fi's dad.
An exceptionally good-hearted woman (Camille Neely Sullivan) had found the suitcase. Determined to find the owner, she brought it back to her home in Houston. There she posted a plea on her FB page, asking friends to help her find Fiona (there was a name tag on the suitcase). She also messaged the SeaTac Lost & Found with her FB post.
The airport Lost and Found immediately connected the two families and in a few days, Fiona's suitcase arrived at her home with Wuddy tucked safely inside.