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I can’t help it. Every once in a while, I leave home or the office or wherever, and I get that nagging feeling of Shit, what have I left behind? What did I forget to do? In these moments, I admit, I occasionally think of Kevin McCallister. Then, I think of his mom—-oh his poor, poor mom, Kate McCallister.
Yes, we’re talking about the 1990 film Home Alone here. The scene that always come to mind—-I can see it now—-is the one where Kate and her husband Peter are on the plane to Paris. They’re sitting in first class, if I remember correctly, while the rest of the annoying younger cousins all blab away in coach. Then, Kate suddenly feels pangs of anxiety. Something is wrong. She considers all the possibilities. Did she leave the garage door open?
Yes, her husband tells her, that is it.
No, no, no, she thinks. It’s something else. And then she sits up straight in her seat, upon realizing the truth (that it’s her kid, she left behind).
Well, well, well—everyone thought that story was so far-fetched at the time. Now, here comes a report that is both reminiscent of Home Alone in its setting and its turn of events.
JERUSALEM – An Israeli couple going on a European vacation remembered to take their duty-free shopping and their 18 suitcases, but forgot their 3-year-old daughter at the airport, police said Monday.
The couple and their five children were late for a charter flight to Paris Sunday and made a mad dash to the gate. In the confusion, their daughter got lost.
Oh god, and here’s the worst part:
Rosenfeld said the parents were unaware they had boarded the aircraft with only four children instead of five until they were informed by cabin staff after 40 minutes in the air.