DANVILLE — The primary goal for local nurse Molly McGuire is traveling to Ecuador to help people there during her mission trip with medical assistance and dental supplies.
But, as the mother of a 7-year-old boy, McGuire hopes to be able to set an example for her son that will last well beyond the eight days she is gone.
McGuire, along with fellow nurse Ruth Abbott, will be away from their children while on the trip.
“I hope that he realizes the world is a big place and there’s a lot of people that need help all over,” she said. “It’s good to get out and do good for other people.”
“There’s too much of staying in your safety zone and not realizing the big world is out there,” McGuire added.
Her son already has learned from his mother’s mission trip plans. McGuire said the little boy asked if she would take his Leap Frog electronic learning device to Ecuador to give to the children she encountered because they don’t have many toys.
“I think he’s happy for me that I’m going,” she said. “He wants to go, too.”
McGuire said she tried to explain she had to go to the country first and make sure it was safe before she ever took him.
“Then he got worried about me, saying ‘If it’s not safe, then why are you going?’” she recalled.
It will be a different experience for mother and son as the longest McGuire remembers being away from him was an extended weekend. She expects to have access to Wi-Fi at a hotel one night, hopefully allowing a mid-trip visit with her son.
As a mother, she knows it will be tough being away.
“I’ve already decided he’s going to be fine,” she said. “I’m going to be the one worrying.”