Goodbye Sucks

Erik Cooper —  March 7, 2012 — Leave a comment

Last week I said goodbye to my house.

Today I reluctantly kiss my wife goodbye for a 10 day trip to Cambodia.

And as if that wasn’t enough, I now apparently have to say goodbye to my Hall of Fame quarterback, too? (I propose all Indianapolis area golf courses be permanently reduced to 17 holes in honor of #18).

All of today’s posts will officially be 83% more melancholy.

Goodbye sucks.

Goodbyes are fear factories.

Even though Mandy’s adventure lasts just a week and a half, the fear of loneliness, potential danger, and me trying to cook (the kids have sincerely and understandably expressed this) overshadows the immense joy of what my wife (and really, our whole family) will be a part of during these few days apart.

(Colts fans just fear becoming the Kansas City Chiefs, but that’s a whole other story).

My wife will be working with our partners at Mission of Mercy on a Dream Center in a remote area of Cambodia. This center is a brand new project where children from Mechrey who don’t have family in the city can come to live so they can attend middle and high school. It’s changing the trajectory of these children’s future, and she gets to play a small part in seeing that happen.

You can read all about the new Cambodian Dream Center and Floating School (yep, it really floats) by clicking here.

If we want to make a difference, we have to be willing to be inconvenienced. Spend some resources. Risk food poisoning (sorry kiddos). Maybe say goodbye (even if it is only 10 days). As much as I crave steady, I know it’s true.

So say a little prayer for my beautiful wife, my mother in-law, and an incredible team of women literally traveling to the other side of the globe to try and play their small part in creating something beautiful. I know she’ll have some incredible stories to share very soon.

And just think, after today’s goodbye to our beloved Peyton, maybe we’ll be able to watch him help some other poor, dysfunctional NFL city rise from the ashes to national prominence.

Yeah, I know. Doesn’t quite conjure up the same emotions, does it? #PeytonMourning

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