The Bidwell Exchange

7 Aug


Copyright -Renee Heath

When looking at this week’s picture I was curious about the statue seen to the far right. Google street view ( yay google) allowed me to see that it is a bronze of Mahatma Ghandi..therefore I give you :


The statue of Mahatma Ghandi watches with great disappointment as day after day, men and women of a certain age , enter the Bidwell Exchange.

For the mere price of their soul, they can be transformed into the body of their dreams. Thus, people of the town who choose to remain in their “regular” bodies are frowned upon and ostracized.

The streets are completely over-run by Marilyns and Bogarts.

A tear slowly makes its way down the bronzed cheek.

Why did they have to take my words literally?

You must be the change

you wish to see in the world

100 words


For Friday Fictioneers

9 August 2013


21 Responses to “The Bidwell Exchange”

  1. sustainabilitea August 7, 2013 at 9:28 am #

    Patricia, this is a poignant commentary on the dissatisfaction of so many women (and men) with their bodies. So many people want to be someone else, either in looks or life, never realizing that being themselves is just fine or that many of those “perfect” people have lives that are anything but.

    You don’t need the apostrophes in “Marilyn’s” and “it’s” or the “h” in “Bogharts”, BTW. 🙂


    • high five and raspberries August 7, 2013 at 9:34 am #

      Thanks Janet ! You can be my official editor !

      • sustainabilitea August 7, 2013 at 9:41 am #

        That seems to be my role in life. But I’m OK with that. Just glad when people don’t mind me mentioning it.

  2. misskzebra August 7, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    As boring and as cliched as this sounds, as much as I sometimes hate my body, I can’t imagine myself any other way.

  3. summerstommy2 August 7, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Great commentary on modern life that you were ostracised if yo didn’t comply. Beautifully done Patricia.

  4. kz August 7, 2013 at 12:38 pm #

    wonderfully done, couldn’t help but chuckle at the end, at our misinterpretation of Ghandi’s words 🙂
    oh, but i’d love to be an Audrey Hepburn ^^ ^^

  5. Joe Owens August 7, 2013 at 3:37 pm #

    Not liking the body is so common, yet many times we are in control of what makes it the way it is. It is good we cannot sell our souls to change.

  6. Gabriella August 7, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    This is an interesting take on the prompt and one I would never have considered. I like how you have used the statue literally and the Bidwell Exchange with more liberty.

  7. pattisj August 7, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

    Good research on the statue. You wrapped it all up neatly in a little 100-word package and ended with a favorite quote.

  8. neenslewy August 7, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

    I noticed this figure too – thought it was a person. Saw it before I saw the dancer…
    Great that you researched – the internet is a wonderful thing – beyond blogging huh? 🙂

    Fantastic writing – we came up with a similar concept – although yours has more power linked to Ghandi – I used to have this quotation written out on a post-it and attached to the mirror – I haven’t quite made it – but 6 years later I have been the change I wanted to see in my own life.

  9. rochellewisoff August 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm #

    Dear Patricia,

    This story strikes a particularly personal chord with me. Great observation of the photo and a well done thought provoking piece on more than one level.



  10. David Stewart August 8, 2013 at 5:45 am #

    That’s quite a deal, although I’m sure a lot of people would line up to take it. Nice use of the quote. 🙂

  11. Nandini Godara August 8, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    Interpretation is a tricky thing..

  12. freyathewriter August 8, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    That’s how we are. Sadly. Well done.

  13. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) August 8, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    Wow impressive research and a wonderful story about misterpretions..

  14. Perry Block (@PerryBlock) August 9, 2013 at 3:09 am #

    Nifty idea (nifty?) and I wouldn’t mind meeting a few Bogarts and Marilyns. And Ghandi too!

  15. lingeringvisions by Dawn August 10, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    I really really liked this one.

  16. annisik51 August 12, 2013 at 12:28 pm #

    A hint of a Midas Touch story, except your character turned to bronze instead of gold. Several stories mention the Bidwell Exchange as a body exchange. I’ve googled ‘Bidwell Exchange’ but can’t find anything. Am I missing something? Ann

  17. rheath40 August 12, 2013 at 8:33 pm #

    I’m so glad to see you figured out it was Mahatma Gandhi. The Bidwell Exchange was established in 2007. The building you see is actually the original Tecumseh Engine Plant.

    Your story was sad, and very good…..

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