I am a big town girl, cities, major towns, metropolis, the hub, whatever you call it, I have never actually lived in a small town. I imagine it to be this, the major of the the town lives in the biggest historical home there is, kind of like the White House where the old major would move out if ever he was fallen from grace with the towns people and a new major is elected. However, that would never happen because we all know him, he is the most loving, upright citizen of them all and he gets re-elected every two years as a formality. He would know each family and what our concerns are in our town as well our personal life. Then, he would protect our way of life and continue to perpetuate the age old traditions that mark the long slow turning of the calendar months in a small town.
In that small town, there is a pavilion with a gazebo and many a folk have been married here, but most of the time, it is a place of central meeting and gatherings, the town center. There are columns and columns of small mom and pop shops that are squished right next to one another, where you have to stop by a different shop to purchase beer, clothes, hardware and meat, unlike the super Target erected in my "town." Sometimes, I will forget my wallet, more times then I'd like to admit, but it's hard with a toddler....in any case, the shop keeper will know my name and jot down what I owe so later that evening, my husband will stop by the shop on the way home from work and payout that account.
There are out door weddings, parades, traditional dances, pie eating contests, annual chili making competitions and when there is nothing else on the docket of festivals, you are just making Sunday dinner for the large extended family that also live in your town. It's a place where girls are girls and boys are boys, there are manners, prudent conduct, and things are simple. The doctors know your medical history because he delivered you and your parents! The law is erected and enforced to actually protects its citizens and not to fine them because of the end of the month quotas are due. I've always wanted to live in a place where every one knows your business but you'd never be truly ashamed because there isn't much trouble you can get into, but if you did, the town loves your regardless. There is no disowning in Bluebell...well, only socially but that's all part of small town shenanigans.