En route to Cascadia, we decided to swing back to Deseret and Zarahemla, the town we lived in while we were there.

Interestingly, when we got into town both of us independently had the same sort of feeling… “It feels like coming home”.

Had you asked either of us whether we’d ever really consider Zarahemla our home (or a home), we probably would have laughed. We didn’t really dislike the area (it is one of the more palatable cities in Deseret), it was just a place that was very different where we were from and a difficult place to assimilate into for reasons religious and cultural.

What’s sad is that Santomas, Estacado, never really became a home-type place for us. I absolutely love the state of Estacado which is why I am lobbying for her to keep working to get licensure there so we can settle down there… but not so much for Santomas, a city that I figured I would love. It sort of felt like we should be honored to live in such a hip place, which made relatively squarish Clancy and I feel rather… well… square.

It’s possible that the main difference is time. We were in Zarahemla a lot longer than we were in Santomas and it’s possible had we been plucked out of Zarahemla earlier we’d feel similarly indifferent. Another factor is that though we stayed in Estacado for two years, it was supposed to be one, which likely made us less likely to really get settled in.

Out plan is to be in Cascadia for a year. It’ll be interesting to see how well we take to Soundview.

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6 Responses to Somehow A Home in Deseret

  1. Peter says:

    I’m surprised you don’t consider “Colosse” your home. I moved from Connecticut to New York 11 years ago and the chances that I’ll return to Connecticut to live are slim to none. In addition, in the past three years I’ve in Connecticut exactly once, for a grand total of about four hours. Yet for all that, I still consider Connecticut to be my home state.

  2. trumwill says:

    Oh, I definitely think of Colosse as “home”, moreso than anywhere else right now.The question is what else can be considered “a home”. I was surprised that Zarahemla made me feel that way.

  3. Beth says:

    I feel the same way about Idaho. I’ll always be ‘from’ Queens, New York… but Southwest Idaho is home.

  4. Abel says:

    One day I hope to make Houston my home.

  5. trumwill says:

    Real-life Idaho is absolutely beautiful. We passed through it on our way out here. I’d heard that the eastern and northern parts of the state were nice, but there really wasn’t much of anywhere that we went that wasn’t picturesque.

    I don’t know if I’ve ever had a “dream city” that I wanted to live. I considered relocating to various places back when the Colosse economy was in the dumps but it was mostly out of necessity/desperation. For a while I considered moving to real-life NYC because that’s the place to be in order to be a comic book writer, but it’s always been career-related. Otherwise it’s possible that never would have even left the tiny little subdivision I was raised in :).

  6. Willard Lake says:

    Careful about Deseret… you stay there long enough… and they’ll get you.

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