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March 26th, 2011

After six months of sleeping inside a dark wooden coffin, the sunlight through the window early in the morning is a welcome relief. No longer a mole stumbling around blind in the dark at any hour of the day or night till I can find either the on switch of a lamp or the touch pad of the computer, I can tell at a glance whether it is day or night.

In a BHut – occasionally there was a tiny slit of bright light at the top of the door (over the dividers) which was visible standing on a chair from inside my room that reminded me it was day. Otherwise a couple of 40W bulbs literally “made it (and my) day.”

Here in Heidelberg, I have sunshine starting fairly early in the morning (or at least through this morning since tomorrow we too, go to daylight savings time). Being just past the Spring Equinox, the days are definitely longer.

What triggered chain of thought actually happened yesterday. Stopping to talk to a couple of people at 30th MEDBDE, I wound up back in the G-3 cage. It light. As in real sunlight coming in through the barred door on the hall. As in air actually circulating….. So this morning and afternoon as I worked on the computer, organising files, doing backups, and trying to bring order to long standing chaos I just enjoyed looking at the dining room door – which is mostly glass. Standing next to a large picture window. Which in turn is next to the two huge windows in the living room.

I like daylight, which may explain both why I am up early and why I never, ever roll the roladens (German window coverings) down in spite of the fact that we now have a beastly building on the other side of what used to be a line of bushes and fence along the property line. After six months – I am entitled to have my windows open to the sun and air.

Didn’t mention that right up front did I? If you don’t have windows, you can’t open them. Which means no fresh air along with no light. Home is so much better. Even leaving aside being able to walk around without either a weapon or a flash light!

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  1. Alison
    March 27th, 2011 at 10:49 | #1

    There’s no place like home. There’s no place like home. There’s no place
    like home. (click click the ruby slippers–or the mouse, at least)

  2. Gidonny
    March 27th, 2011 at 10:51 | #2

    Where & When is your next adventure???

  3. Bob
    March 27th, 2011 at 10:55 | #3

    I’ve always been of the belief the fastest way to make folks appreciate the good in their lives is to take it away for a while. We join you in being happy to be home again.

  4. Helen
    March 27th, 2011 at 10:56 | #4

    I can feel the relief…enjoy the light and freedom. You will have to work on becoming a civilian in so many ways! Good luck and may God bless you.

  5. Mary
    March 27th, 2011 at 13:52 | #5

    Doesn’t sound to me as tho you are getting much rest….pls take great care!

  6. Anita
    March 28th, 2011 at 08:51 | #6

    Its so good to hear you mention the sunlight through your bedroom window
    and the difference to deployment in the field

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