Leaving Japan was sad, there were many things I loved about this beautiful country. At the same time I was very excited about returning home to California. I could hardly wait to have a glass of real milk instead of dried milk, real eggs instead of dried eggs and a hamburger. Beef was quite rare in Japan at that time, so we went without it. I also looked forward to going barefoot again. Because of hookworm, we weren't allowed to go barefoot in Japan.
I had learned much while in Japan also. I learned the Asian concept that the whole is more important than the one. The idea of individualism was a totally foreign concept to them. I learned to love the Japanese style of beauty. I loved the Japanese gardens, the artwork and the shrines. The Japanese ideals have had a lifelong influence upon me. I also learned to speak a little bit of Japanese. It had been a very exciting year.
We boarded the transport ship, The General Daniel I. Sultan and set sail toward the U.S.A., this time without the two Pickles.