Many years ago when we had been on the field for a six year term and were ready for furlough, we put together this list. How to Know When It’s Time for Furlough By the John R. Himes family, getting close to it! A missionary knows it's time for furlough when: 1. Japanese trucks start looking big to him. 2. He thinks the "Reformed Semi-Democratic People's Union for Greenery" makes more sense than the Republican Party. 3. He stubs his toe and his "Ow!" isn't English. 4. He's talking to someone about his mission and he can't remember the name of the mission director. 5. He gets excited over "Spring Equinox Day," but can't remember how to tell when Easter falls. 6. "Fermented milk" starts sounding like a perfectly ordinary drink, and "fermented bean paste" is a real treat. 7. He thinks "football" is played with a round ball. 8. The other missionaries in his area start moving away for no apparent reason. 9. He starts talking to his stuffed animals--and starts answering back for them. 10. He knows the names of all the Sumo wrestlers but can't remember what baseball team New York has. 11. Raw octopus sounds like more of a treat than pizza. 12. He thinks a samurai drama from when Kyoto was the capital is called a "Western." 13. He bows when talking on the telephone. 14. He thinks "cherry-blossom viewing" sounds macho. 15. Green tea ice cream becomes his favorite, and he's not surprised to find beans in it.