Homeward Bound - Jo Sandelson Cartoons

Homeward Bound

Serial Mum and luggage

suitcaseTime to come home! The new term looms, and the trains, boats and planes deliver us all back from foreign or native climes – we’re Homeward Bound. How did your luggage serve you? I went shopping for a lightweight but durable suitcase by a well-known manufacturer a few weeks ago before heading off to France. The salesman pointed at a huge pyramid of orange wheelie cases and insisted that “hundreds of these models had walked out of the door and not one had come back”. Hmmm. But I bought one anyway as the colour ensured it would stand out against all the black ones; it weighed just over 2Kg and had a snazzy purple patterned lining (vital feature of course). The pull-out handle didn’t look as robust as the handles on the more expensive ones, but for £55 what could go wrong? With various ailments including bad backs, we underpacked and even when it was full, our 8 year old could easily wheel the new case behind him. A week later, as we lugged the luggage and family onto Eurostar, the right-hand stem of the pull-out handle simply snapped off from its moorings. Advice to travellers – next time you’re in the market for a suitcase, put your toddler inside it before you buy, and bump him or her around the luggage department for a few minutes. If you have twins, all the better. Stick them both inside and give them the ride of their lives. Take a photo of them and remember to share this happy experience with the Returns Department. Enjoy! Read More

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