Bon Joeby John Troy McQueen
The Slim Statue of a man entered the community that he had not known. His pathetic appearance was obvious. The clothes he wore were made of burlap sacks. The threads on his left shoulder had stretched to the point that his shoulder blade was partly visible. His faded hat showed several dusty sweat lines that had dried. He forced the dusty strapless sandals on his feet. Yet, he showed dignity and a polite mannerism. His exhaustion was shaded with a big smile.
He greeted each person he met by politely saying "Bon jour." Since the people didn't speak French, they thought he was introducing himself as Bon Joe. Thus, he was given this name throughout the community of Beauty Spot.
In return for his lodging and meals, Bon Joe gave piano lessons to the children who showed a desire to play. There was no piano in the home, so he used his homemade wooden keyboard to teach them. After about two weeks of practice, the children were prepared to play hymns on the piano at church.
Professor Charles Gibbs was blessed with many talents: He was a musician, a college graduate, and an excellent piano teacher. In fact, a few of his former piano students are musicians at the present time. He taught his pupils values, morals, and self respect.
The story of Bon Joe is one for all readers. His inspiration will effect the present and future generations. He was an example of an ancient proverb; "You can't judge a book by looking at its cover."
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