The story takes place in Texas, in 1920, in the summertime. There are the scents of hay and horses.
The man is named John. He’s 30 years old and dressed in cowboy boots, a cowboy shirt and jodhpurs. John is cute, as well as talented.
John is a performer on the Texas prairie. He plays the fiddle and banjo. He’s a good singer with a nice voice. John’s horse is named “Buddy.”
John is very proud of his work playing “Oh Susannah” for an audience. He rehearses before each concert. John was practicing at night. In the dark, he sat on a cactus. It felt terrible, so he jumped up. He jumped over a fence and over the horse! He jumped “15 hands” into the air.
John is a total professional. As he jumps, he is able to face the audience and perform.
Then, John lands gracefully on his knees. Meanwhile, his banjo turns into a guitar. All of this is part of the act. The horse is also a performer and helps nudge the guitar over to his owner.
The horse and the cowboy are a team, and they close with the song “Happy Trails.”
(Story created July 20, 2018, by Charlotte, Manny, Elliott, Marsha and Frieda. Musical accompaniment was provided by Rayna on the guitar. Our scribe was Devorah.)