Lost… and found!

I knew when I saw an Atlanta number on my phone that it could only be good news about my lost bag. Yes, it has been located and is on its way back home as I write this.

I knew from the start of my journey home from Savannah that it had been mistagged. It travelled all the way to Denver and when no one claimed it, it was sent back to the lost luggage depot in Atlanta. Thanks to self-proclaimed nosy Delta baggage employee Jerry who looked at my luggage tag and realized it did not match the name on the Delta tag. He phoned me himself to give me the good news.

Thanks to everyone who wrote to me and sent such positive messages. I think Jerry had a sense that this was a bag that needed to get home. As for today’s sketch, it’s something I have been working on these past few days as I tried to remember everything that needed to get listed for the insurance claim.


123 Comments on “Lost… and found!”

  1. TonyU says:

    Congratulations. Great news ….. and well done Jerry!

  2. Chris Kopet says:

    Of course I am happy that your bag is on its way beach to you. I really believed it would happen. But I admire your spirit of ‘keeping on’ while waiting.

  3. Paula says:

    So happy to hear this!

  4. Louise says:

    Great News! Whew! A happy ending for you and your lost luggage.

  5. Barbara Beynon says:

    I’m so happy your luggage is found – hooray! I’ve had the experience of knowing that bags were not properly tagged and know what a maddening and helpless feeling that creates.
    I look forward to meeting you in Manchester. May all of our belongings stay en route and arrive with us in July!

  6. Jane Wright says:

    As my mother used to say “All things in due time….or at least at sometime” phew!

  7. sandidureice says:

    Fantastic!!!! Many thanks to Jerry 🙂

  8. Andrea Murphy says:

    May I join the chorus… Very happy the bag’s been found! Today’s sketch is charming and it doesn’t pain me to look at it now.

  9. Janice Kelly says:

    So pleased for you. There’s no more sinking feeling than when your bag isn’t on that carousel. Three cheers for Delta’s Gerry. Good man. Good work. Good outcome.
    Now onward and upward to Spring and painting in the great outdoors.

  10. Judy Sopher says:

    When I heard the story about the dog who was returned to its owner after 3 years, I knew your luggage would find you soon. (not 3 yrs., of course) What great news.


  11. Evelyn Cunningham says:

    It goes without saying that the whoie world is relieved that your bag and you will be reunited.

  12. Michael Kelso says:

    Been following your lost luggage saga and I smiled broadly at today’s post picturing all your lost items. Thanks for your inspiring blog. I enjoy your sketches and save them in a special file so I can easily revisit your tips on pens, paper, and paints, color and composition.

  13. Mary Catharine says:

    Fantastic news Shari. And your great sketch is a good lesson for all of us to do something like this before we travel!

  14. gaelle1947 says:

    Hurray! Things couldn’t help but have a happy ending with all those positive vibes whirling their way through the ether! And, lets all wish some mighty good things for Jerry too!

  15. Mary McLaughlin says:

    Hurray! and a big shout-out to Jerry from Delta!

  16. Tom says:

    Hi Shari, So glad that your “stuff” has been found and you are getting it back! I hope it is all accounted for and in good condition. We have had a few episodes like yours and many years ago had our dog kennel (with dog) lost going to Pittsburgh. Turned out he was just misplaced on the ground for a few hours and shortly after getting to our destination, we were called back to the airport to get him! Happy spring and congrats on getting your luggage back! ~Tom

    • I hope so Tom. It came in late last night to Montreal, and I was at school all day, but it is scheduled to be at my door in the next few hours. At least it won’t need to be fed like I’m sure your dog did after being misplaced. What a crazy story. Glad all turned out well for you too, and hope the Denver spring is beautiful.

  17. Dee says:

    You will hear a cheer all the way from Arkansas when you have it in hand!

  18. Renee W says:

    Gosh! I’m relieved for you 🙂

  19. Monique says:

    Oh and thank God for Jerry!!!

  20. mkjohnsen says:

    LOVE the sketch of your “things” for the insurance!

  21. Great news! Jerry is awesome, and your sketch is charming.

  22. ehwfram says:

    Wonderful news!

  23. Louise, Montréal says:


    Je suis réellement contente pour vous!
    This good Jerry is an angel and give him our warm salutation !!!

    You can relax now and those drawings are a very good idea ..

  24. Lisa Daniels says:


    So happy your luggage was found–my husband said you should send your sketch to Delta Airlines and let them see what you possibly could have lost!

  25. Marisa Padovan says:

    Wonderful news. So happy for you.

  26. Jane Einarson says:

    Wonderful news! I can sleep again!

    Sent from my iPad


  27. Ilana says:

    Yessssss !!!

    Le 28 mars 2016 à 20:31, The Sketchbook a écrit :

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  28. Judith says:

    Fantastic news! And special recognition to Delta baggage claim/handler Jerry! I look forward to seeing all of your Palmetto Bluff paintings as it’s a favorite place of mine.

  29. What a relief for you. Great news:-)
    I had my car broken into 8 years ago and they stole, amongst other things, my first little watercolour palette from when I was a teenager, and travel brushes. They left behind my sketchbooks, which of course were the items I couldn’t replace. Last week I heard that they have apprehended the thief! Some things just take time, though I don’t expect to get anything back after all that time…

  30. Joanna Guglielmino says:

    Hi Shari,
    I’m so happy you have your bag returned and will have all the special items, mostly the irreplaceable sketches. Can’t wait to see them!

  31. Randy Schaffer says:

    Most folks make a list…I love you made a sketch of the luggage contents! Glad it was found.

  32. Lyn Seley says:

    Thank goodness, that bag was priceless!

  33. Hope spreads just knowing that ‘lost’ situations work out for others!

  34. Carolyn says:

    HAPPY HAPPY HAPPY!! You win and we’ll win when you post your work. They rarely loose luggage these days. I hoped it would turn up.

  35. Liliane Partikian says:

    So glad they found your luggage!

  36. joantav says:

    Super news that it is on the way home!!! I did have to smile when I saw this sketch. Only a sketcher would approach what was missing this way…I love it! I’m so glad Jerry was so observant!

  37. So happy for you! and for all those sketches and paintings we’ll now get to see!

  38. Marlene Blaukopf Hammel says:

    So Happy for you Cuz. Yay to Jerry (like that name :))
    Look forward to seeing all the beautiful work you did in the South. Xoxo

  39. linder322 says:

    I’m so happy for you! I look forward to seeing those wandering sketches!

  40. Susan says:

    Hi Shari, I am sooo glad your luggage turned up. And I loved the way you catalogued your lost items!

  41. alicekolb2 says:

    What AWESOME GOOD news!!! We are so happy for you. Alice Kolb


  42. Nina Apple-Pine says:

    happy for you 🙂

  43. Janet says:

    Great news for you. Kudos to employees like Jerry who pay attention to details & care enough to try to fix things. Looking forward to seeing your work from your trip.

  44. Pat Spencer says:

    What a relief! I’ve been through that, and it’s a pain.

  45. Yay!!!!!! That’s awesome news, Shari!! I’m so thrilled to hear that. I was sending positive vibes and worried for a bit they weren’t working!! 😊 hehe… So happy for you! And for all of us as we’ll get to see the missing sketches!! 😉

  46. wildsherkin says:

    Delighted! I love a story with a happy ending 😊

  47. Sheila Swindlehurst says:

    Such good news!! I love your sketches of the contents!

  48. Lise G. says:

    I’m very happy for you … now when I fly , I verify that my tag is well done, shipped at the good city or country, an error arrive so fast and employee rush too much, sometimes … enjoy your come back home luggage … Lise G.

    • Thanks so much Lise. From now on I will take a photo of my bag as it leaves my side… just in case! I think this employee knew she had made a mistake, and I should have pushed a little harder for her to go and check it. Now I know, but hopefully this will never happen again.

  49. SusanA says:

    Yay! I’m so glad your luggage made it home. And I like your fun sketch of lost items…well, fun now that they’ve been returned.

  50. What good news! When our bags almost always arrive with us, we can forget how easily they may go astray……… So glad you had a tag on your bag with the correct contact info!

    • It was definitely a lesson Vicky. We do take it for granted that everything will be on the other end when you arrive, but I will certainly be packing differently from now on. Thanks for thinking of me.

  51. Bob Callahan says:

    I love your attitude…and your sense of humor. Especially regarding happenings that are out
    of our control.

  52. Jeff Gold says:

    Good, Good, Good for you. The number of positive and supportive messages you are receiving shows the great esteem SO MANY PEOPLE have for you and your art. Very best wishes for the safe return of everything.

  53. linda says:

    So happy for you your bag is on its way home! I love the sketch list you made of everything in your suitcase, and I can’t wait to see the sketches from your trip!

  54. Chris Rusk says:

    Great news!

  55. Liz Steel says:

    had a problem getting my comment to go through on my phone earlier… but YAY!!! so excited and pleased. And I don’t need to tell you how much I love this type of sketch!

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