Bickville Adventures By A. Adix Chapter One Welcome to the town of Bickville. This little town sits on the edge of a great lake that no one can see across. On the other side of town is a forest, dense with tall cedar, cypress and Douglas fir trees. Alive in this world are many creatures, including ... Read Full Post
By A. Adix
Welcome to the town of Bickville. This little town sits on the edge of a great lake that no one can see across. On the other side of town is a forest, dense with tall cedar, cypress and Douglas fir trees. Alive in this world are many creatures, including white-tailed deer, raccoons, opossums, red foxes, and porcupines. Higher up, the sounds of broad winged hawks, pileated woodpeckers, and snowy owls, gives the place a symphonic atmosphere. The people of Bickville either love the water, or the forest. Both with its own personality, beauty, and adventure.
The people. What can be said of the people of Bickville? This is where the story unfolds. It is the people that make Bickville so special. Each individual is important to the whole. Every life intertwines with the other. Everyone knows everyone’s name, and where everyone came from. Names have been passed down from generation to generation and farms and homes have been in families for decades. Folks have started their lives knowing each other…began school together in kindergarten, and finished, graduating high school together. High school sweethearts commonly, always married, and the circle of life would continue on. They attended church together, attended the unfortunates as a whole, and took care of their community and the people of it with pride, care, and love. No one is particularly poor in Bickville because Bickville embraces the people in warm hand, and compassion and love is threaded into the fabric of this society…and they know no other way.
To know Bickville, one has to know the people. Here, they try not to let anyone be more important than anyone else. As equals, everyone has a say in their government, and choose their leaders. With this being said, what seems to happen is there are a few positions that are held by the same people for many years. People do not like change very much, and familiarity and sureness is a comforting and safe feeling among the town’s people.
So let’s meet a few of the eclectic people here.
For the past 15 years Kris has been the mayor. At every election her name is usually the only one on the ballot. It’s undecided why. Maybe because no one else wants the headache of the job? Probably though, it’s because Kris just seems to fit…so it never occurred to anyone to change it.
The town’s sheriff, Natalie, runs a pretty good law enforcement agency. Nothing gets by her, and if anything is going on, Natalie knows it first. She holds the law, but does it with empathy, compassion, and thoughtful care. Natalie’s heart is stamped with Bickville, and serving and protecting it is her mission.
The town doctor is Michelle. Not very many towns can boast of a doctor that still makes home visits. Michelle’s schedule is jammed packed, but there is always wiggle room for urgent visits. Michelle has doctored most all of the people of Bickville, and helped deliver many of its youth. Michelle’s nurse, Deann (who is married to the town Chaplin), keeps detailed records of each visit, birth, and even deaths. All calls go through her to be triaged before seeing the doctor. It has been said that Deann is Michelle’s third and fourth hand, and Michelle could not function without her. Michael is a visiting nurse who also works for Michelle, but we will learn more about him later.
Religion in Bickville is fairly simple. Love everyone as you do yourself. Live a kind and compassionate life. And pray for those who can’t, won’t, or don’t, for themselves. There is only one church in Bickville. There are several religions going on in this church. There are Catholics, Lutherans, Methodist, Baptists, and even Buddhist and Muslims. The thing that makes this Unitarian type church unique is their Chaplin, Kenny. Kenny teaches love to all. He helps organize what the people need in their walk of faith by providing special communions by certain officials, items for rituals, religious books, and literature, and education on living as good people. Kenny prays with the masses, families and individuals, the sick, and even the dying. He marries the love birds, and tells stories to children. He lives his life like something people want to mimic, and the town turns to him daily, to learn and grow to be a better society.
The Bickville Care Center is a 48 bed facility that houses our most beloved family members. This home is always hopping and anyone who thinks that it is an everyday, run of the mill old folks home is sadly mistaken. These people are up dancing, singing, and still contributing to the community they grew up in. Just now they need a little help. The administrator of the Care Center, Julie, has been there for 10 years and runs a tight ship, but not so tight that even she herself doesn’t get her hand grabbed and gets twirled around in a dance by one of the residents. There is never a time that there is so much work that laughter and joy is over looked.
Bickville is full of amazing people. In the following pages these folks will come to life and their part in this
adventure will light it up. A few coming up:
Amy the newspaper editor.
Neil the pharmacist.
Ashlie the school principle.
Annette the caterer.
Kylie the town veterinarian
Megan the director of the Child Care Center.
Kathy and Faye- Owners of the stables and in charge of therapy programs.
Jen the social worker.
Michael the visiting nurse (Works for Michelle).
There are so many people to get to know. These are just a few. So let’s get started and dig right in. Bickville is waiting to be discovered. A place of joy and adventure. A place where the heart can live, and its people are wrapped in love.