Poor Joshua left his treasured "Bibi" (blanket) in his bed at the hotel we stayed at in Toronto. Note to self: always check the sheets for kids sleeping items before leaving a hotel. Lesson learned on that one. We realized we had left it when we reached Buffalo the following evening. I was really worried at this point as to whether ANY of us would be getting sleep that night since the blanket (which had recently been renamed "Bubba" after the blanket of a character in a book we recently read) was an important part of Joshua's ability to go to sleep. However, he handled it very well for a six year old and soon accepted one of Andrew's little blankets as an replacement and went to sleep.
Unfortunately, while I was able to call the hotel and immediately verify that they had found the blanket and were holding it in "Lost and Found", they were unwilling to help us get it back. We would have to send a courier who would provide their own packing materials to come get the blanket, package it up, fill out the customs form, etc. So much for friendly Canadians. I couldn't believe they wouldn't at least box it up. The rest would have been easy at the point. But no. :( And so we wondered if we would ever get it back.
Enter my local friend Jess whose husband is Canadian and had some friends in the Toronto area. They were able to locate one who was willing to go get the blanket and mail it for us. Joshua knew it was coming and for days whenever a package arrived (which was often), he would ask "Is that Bubba?!" But no, it never was. Finally on Friday afternoon just as the boys were headed out to go camping...it arrived! Here are the happily reunited pair:
So MUCH for friendly Canadians! Chris, we're so thankful for your efforts on our behalf! Don't think we'll ever be staying at the Park Inn in Toronto again, but we sure are grateful for the kindness of strangers.
In Lieu of a Christmas Card
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