Get ready to bask in cuteness.
Taken straight from the pages of Calvin and Hobbes (the popular boy-and-his-stuffed-animal comic strip from the ’80s and ’90s), a six-year-old boy, Owen Lake, lost his stuffed tiger (also named Hobbes — c’mon) at the Tampa International Airport. When staff found the displaced toy, they took him for an exclusive tour of the airport, snapping pics of his travels along the way.
“It was very, very sweet,” Owen’s mother, Amanda Lake, told Fox News. “We already told [Owen] over and over that Hobbes was on an adventure so it was nice to get back and show him that Hobbes really had been on an adventure.”
Noticing the toy was missing after they’d already left Florida for Texas, Lake called the airport to report the lost stuffed animal.
“When Owen asked for Hobbes on the plane, my husband and I looked at each other and our hearts sunk,” Lake said to the news outlet. “We knew he was left behind.”
Luckily for Owen and his family, airport staff had located Hobbes. Since the Lake family wasn’t going to make it to Tampa any time soon, the stuffed tiger had some time to kill; Tony D’Aiuto, the airport operations manager, decided to show Hobbes around.
“I pitched this idea a couple of months ago after I saw a similar idea where someone took a stuffed lion around a museum,” D’Aiuto said in a statement released by the airport. “This seemed like the perfect opportunity.”
When Owen’s family finally picked up the toy, Tampa airport staff presented the boy with a photo album of his adventures. We can only imagine the things Owen and Hobbes talked about afterwards.