There was a phenomenon that I read about when soldiers were due to rotate out of
Whatever you call it, I can certainly relate to it now. With the end of our rotation here just beyond our fingertips, I seem to be looking at this country through a different prism seeing and appreciating its beauty in ways I never thought possible before. It is a stark, harsh beauty where the richness lies in it's simplicity rather than its complexity or texture, but I have found that I can now appreciate it for what it is rather than despise it for what it's not.
The mountains surrouding Bagram are now completely covered with snow and their appearance is more rugged than even the most isolated high country of my native
While I will miss these sunrises along with the vivid starry nights that precede them and I will miss the simplicity of the life that the Afghan people lead with their methodical, unassuming ways; I have not succumbed the Stockholm Syndrome or "Institutionalization". The list of things that I will not miss about this place is far longer and the list of people and things that I have missed so much for the past year is longer still.
I can relate more with Morgan Freeman's character in Shawshank as he rides the bus towards
So while I will still appreciate the Afghan night sky, It brings me more joy to know that I will be home before the moon is full again.