All That Glitters is not Gold
All That Glitters is not Gold

All That Glitters is not Gold

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  • Published: October 6, 2021
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It’s a sunny Monday morning; a cold breeze from the shores of Salton Sea is making John shiver like a swimmer after making his first plunge. John is standing at the door step of their house carrying a huge traveler’s bag. His father is in bathroom taking shower while his mother is doing her usual morning chores.

There is a lot of calmness around the compound. John seems to be very much unsettled and it seems there is something disturbing his mind. This would be a big day for John, the son of a peasant, indeed is a big day for him considering where he has come from. It’s not only a celebration to the Joachim family but also a testimony to the people who spite their saliva and say Joachim will die poor peasant. But is it really a celebration for John?

No, I don’t think so, John is not happy, his face is showing a lot of dissatisfaction than satisfaction, he is looking confused and disturbed. His mum is singing in the kitchen as she prepares breakfast. John is still focusing on his watch nearly for three minutes, someone is on the gate and John rushes back to his house as if deaf not to hear the voice coming from the gate. As he is rushing to his house, he nearly knocks his father who is also heading to open the gate. “I’m sorry Dad!” those are the last words from John as he vanishes to his bedroom. Finally then Joe get his way in.

Joe is

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John childhood friend, they had grown together on the suburbs of Alameda Street, and he was the closest friend of John. He knew all the secrets of this young man even more than anyone else in the town. He heard the rumors and he was coming to confirm. Is it the rumor everyone is delighted in this family? But of course rumor- mongers are everywhere to tap every word coming from passers-by and construct a story from the whole thing .It is not by surprise that Joe is among them because is still part of the larger community.

Joe is known in this family, right from the dog, spoon, plate or a cat in this house, he does not even need introduction even when the owner of the house is away. He greets the old Man and rushes to the kitchen first to say hi to his mum ,she is no longer John’s mum but Joe’s mum too because of the close friendship of this two boys which has made the latter to be considered to be the part of this family.“Mum where is John?” Joe asks after exchanging few words with his Mum.

“I don’t know I left him at the door just standing there” Her voice is so clear that Joe is not in a position to ask further question but just to head there and search for his friend. At the door, the only thigh which Joe can see is the travelers’ bag .Where is the owner of this bag? He figured out. Luckily enough Joachim comes to his rescue and he delivers

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the only message his ears are expectant of as at now. “You’re looking for your friend, he is in his bedroom” Those are words from the man of the house. Joe rushes to the house and pushes the door but it seems it is locked from inside.

His efforts seem to bear no fruits. “Are you here Ken?”Joe used to refer to John as Ken because he used to liken his ideas as of those of veteran president of United States, John F. Kennedy. Right away when John heard the voice and particularly his nickname being mentioned, he knew it must be Joe .All this time he was under his bed. Why is he hiding? Why is he afraid? He tiptoes out of his bed and opens the door. He is breathing deeply even Joe notices there is something wrong with him. “Are you okay?” Joe asks while looking right on the eyes of his friend.

“Oh! Yes! Yes! I am …Indeed, how have you been?”he is so talking too fast while staring everywhere in the room as if talking to nobody“ I have been doing good, in fact my father promised to start a small business for me to run is I wait to join college, by the way I heard you got a scholarship ,is it true?” Full of anticipation Joe can’t wait the confirmation. “Oh yes! In fact lets go and take the breakfast, I’m late I’m late I am leaving right away, please hurry up!”.

The seriousness he says this words makes Joe realize that his friend is really in hurry. Joe cannot hold his joy, he breaks in tears, tears of joy, confusion, disappointment of parting ways with the only man who made him smile when he was crying, the man whom he knew from the time he was 3 years old, the man who he had promised never to leave him, a friend, a helper, a partner in crime, a brother… to mention but a few. Joe was really crying as his friend was staring at him as if not caring what he was passing through. He wished this day could not have come.

John had passed very well that he become beneficiary of a scholarship to study medicine at Harvard University and this was the day for him join this university something which all the people in the town were excited about .Every person in the town saw John as mentor and a light shining in a hill of this old Alameda town .He was the first person to be specific to reach such heights and every hope and anticipation was leveled on this young man.

Was he really the savior of this town? John grew up as the only boy of Joachim family; he was brought up through thick and thin because his family was among the lucky people to get even their daily bread. His father earning could not support John even to study in junior school and for him to study up to that level it really took the hand of God. His family was strengthened by the Christian values which were instilled by his

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