My Kids Luggage Was Stolen, This Is What It Taught Me

This morning I made the Amtrak trip from DC to NY with my 3 kids to come visit my family. Once we got there, we loaded the luggage in the car. All but one suitcase. My daughter had a suitcase, and got excited when she saw my mother, and let it go. She left it right next to the car. As my dad loaded the rest of the bags, he went around the opposite side of the car. I was busy strapping in the baby’s car seat. So in all of the commotion, we didn’t realize the suitcase was left on the curb. When we did realize it, my parents went back, and the store owner said he saw the bag opened and rifled through, and then it was taken.
While this was an unfortunate experience, mainly because my kids now only had the clothes on their backs, and I had to shop all over for some clothes for our 3 week visit, it felt more of a violation than anything else. I felt like whoever took it, looked inside and saw it was kids clothing, and still took it. I had some things in the suitcase that were not necessarily expensive, but were meaningful to me.
After being initially very upset, I had to come to the realizations that 1. I can’t do anything about it. I prayed we’d find the bag, we didn’t. I believe things were meant to go this way for whatever reason. 2. I had to settle with the fact that whoever took the bag, I hoped needed it more than we did.
I know that sounds really cliche, but let’s be honest, if I sit there upset over a situation I can’t change, what will that help?
I’ve learned to try and see the bright side or the lesson in every situation even if the situation is painful initially. Was I angry? Yes. Did I feel like my kids were violated in a way? Absolutely. Am I over it? Completely. I had to spend quite a bit of money to get them new clothes and underwear, but look at it like this, my kids are safe, happy and healthy. Going through Penn Station with 3 kids in tow, it could’ve been one of those stories where kids vanish even when they’re right next to their parent. It wasn’t. My kids are with me, and that’s the most important thing.
In sharing the story, some people chose to focus on the missing suitcase. I chose to focus on my very present children, and just being grateful that I was in the position to go shopping to replace their clothes. So the lesson I take away in all of this is even through what seems to be negative situations, we can find the lesson, or the bright side in it all. Don’t let yourself get sucked into the situation.

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