My wife and I just dropped our 17-year-old daughter off at the airport so she can spend the next 2½ weeks volunteering with a humanitarian organization that’s building schools and teaching English in Cambodia.
Interesting Fact #1: Cambodia is not a suburb of Seattle.
It’s not even in Washington or the Pacific Northwest or the United States or anywhere in the Western Hemisphere. Turns out, it’s a whole other country located just on the other side of the Pacific Ocean.
Interesting Fact #2: The other side of the Pacific Ocean is 7,367 miles away.
I wish I would’ve known all this geographical stuff before I agreed to let her go, but unfortunately I grew up in America. Now I have to trust she’ll remember to look both ways before crossing the streets and won’t befriend any stray monkeys over there even if they remind her of Boots from Dora the Explorer.
I know she’s going to be fine, but sometimes it’s really hard letting my kids step away from the safety of home. The only way to make this world a little less big and a lot less scary, though, is to boldly venture into it with the intent of doing some good.
Interesting Fact #3: My daughter taught me that.