On the flight home from Japan, my travel buddy asked me, “Besides certain people, what have you missed about home?”

Other than family and friends back home? “Ummm, well…I don’t know,” I stammered. “I really just missed the people.”

Now that I’ve been back in Tennessee several days, I’ve had time to think. I didn’t really MISS these things while I was away, but I sure do appreciate them now that I’m home!

Wide open spaces. The busy Japanese cities were delightful, but I sure do love life in the middle of a quiet hay field.

My bed. Sleeping on the floor on futon mats was not bad at all, honestly, but a thick mattress is awesome!

Bright stars on a dark night. In Isesaki, ambient light in the city blocked the light of the stars. Out here in the hay field, the stars burn holes in a huge, black sky.

Waking up to birdsong. I especially love hearing the meadowlarks and our saucy mockingbird as the sun slips up over the tree line.

A kitchen that’s big enough for more than one person to work in at a time. Several of the kids were home this past Sunday – it was nice to bustle about the kitchen together preparing dinner.

The clothes dryer. I like to hang clothes out on the line, but it’s also nice to be able to throw a load of laundry in the dryer when I want.

Paper towels and hand dryers in public restrooms. I didn’t mind the squatty-potties, but I never got used to leaving a public restroom with dripping hands. Blegh.

Helen’s homemade chocolate chip cookies! Nom, nom, nom…

And now that I’m home, what do I miss about Japan?

The people, of course!

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