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February 13, 2009 by

From Loretta Jasper, CSJ, who is working for a month at Rose Barracks in Vilseck, Germany. To learn more about her mission, click HERE.

The past two days have provided me with an increased level of inside the Hearts and Homes of the soldiers, spouses and family members. Lots of broken-ness, injury and untended physical and emotional pain. I have been available to staff, spouses, parents, chaplains, and housemates in my “hotel” who are all involved in deployment, re-integration and re-deployment. The matter-of-course in the day to day definitely takes its toll on the Heart and Home of each person in some way…to the extent that I wonder how staff who have deployed spouses, or about to be deployed spouses are able to be attentive to the persons who cross the thresholds of the day-to-day on post. I’m guessing my hunch is on target: not always too well/effectively.

Come tomorrow, Sat. 2/14-15, three of us are driving to Prague–three hours from Vilseck. Since my rental car is a “mere” Ford, compared with the Volvo and BMW’s of my colleagues we are able drive into Prague with the Ford. Why? A Ford tends not to be stolen or damaged because it is a “mere” sort of car. Because the car insurance, (covered by my employer, along with the rental) is in my name, I will be driving.
Thanks for GPS’s and my buddies who will be my co-pilots.

As I drive among my work sites among the towns as I do, I do take one hand from the steering wheel long enough to pinch myself intermittantly to remind myself that I am actually in Bavaria, Germany. Of course, since I am driving a standard shift, I do make sure to have at least one hand on the steering wheel at a time.

The daily snows which welcome each morning these past four days are lovely: soft and very fluffy. No ice underlayment. What a treasure.

More later and post-Prague.

Loretta Jasper

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