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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Every Dark Cloud has a Silver Lining" (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (02/28/08)

TITLE: Hurrah! My Luggage is Missing!
By Ann Schrag
02/29/08


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Normally, Iím not excited about missing luggage. Recently when I discovered I had to fly two different airlines to reach home, I wondered if my checked bag would make it in with me. I hate standing at the baggage carousel, watching red bags, blue bags, bulgy bags, and skinny bags all going around and around, when my own familiar bag refuses to appear.

Sure enough, I arrived in my home airport and headed to baggage claim, only to watch everyone else grabbing their bags, until finally I was left standing there all alone gazing at three lone bags circling. None of them were mine.

I reported the missing bag. The agent told me that it would be delivered to my door the following day. I walked out toward my parked car and thatís when I began thanking God for a missing bag. You see, the suitcase Iíd checked did not have wheels.

When I had started my trip several days earlier, the parking lot was so full that I had to park at the far end. I unloaded my luggage and started toward the terminal, but before Iíd gone very far I realized that I had packed my bag way too full. Hunched over from the weight, I set my sights on a terminal which didnít get closer fast enough. Every few steps I stopped to switch the suitcase to my other hand. What a relief to finally hand it over to someone else!

Now on my return, God had graciously saved me from having to lug that heavy bag across the parking lot again. Instead He arranged to have it delivered right to my door only 22 hours later, all intact. Isnít He good?!


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Debbie Wistrom03/06/08
Awesome! Perfect for the topic. What a super day that was!
Shirley McClay 03/07/08
LOL.. I often overload my luggage as well! I understand thoroughly!!!
LauraLee Shaw03/07/08
Entertaining story that starts from the title. :)
Seema Bagai 03/08/08
Having lost luggage a couple of times while traveling, I rolled my eyes when I saw the topic. Glad you were able to see the silver lining in the situation.
Norma-Anne Hough 03/09/08
You were lucky your luggage arrived intact. My daughter's suitcase was also delivered to her doorstep 24 hours later, but all the christmas gifts she had been given in South Africa were gone, as well as a load of other stuff.
TJ Nickel03/12/08
Quick, pithy, and creative. The second paragraph is one big sentence followed by a short one. The long sentence could be improved by removing "finally" and changing the order of the last two words "lone, circling bags."