This week’s Story Starter teaser from Fandango is:
When I first moved here a few months back, I couldn’t believe that…
I found a place that I loved so much. I remember being doubtful due to the horrific smell I encountered before getting to Hanford in the Bakersfield area. It smelled like something I had never smelled before, and later I realized that smell was the dairy farms. It was terrible, and I remember thinking, “Where are you dumping me at?” My ex drove me and my things here, and that putrid weird smell was overwhelming when I first arrived. However, as time went on, California was great in my eyes, and I felt like I was starting my life anew. Everything was different from previous places that I called home.
It was different than Illinois, where it was basically flat and full of corn and wheat. It was different than Arkansas in the way that it was missing all the trees, but I could see the mountains in the distance. That is still one of the most beautiful things in my eyes, to see the snow-capped mountains off in the distance when the sky is clear.
The thought of living anywhere else never crosses my mind. I love it here. California is my home, and I always say that I was born to live here.