Saturday, October 10, 2009

Bagpipe Memorial

As a bagpiper, I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man who had no family or friends. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery in the remote countryside and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost and being a typical man, did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew who were eating lunch but the hearse was nowhere in sight. I apologized to the workers for my tardiness and stepped to the side of the open grave where I saw the vault lid already in place. I assured the workers I would not hold them up for long but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch. I played out my heart and soul. As I played the workers began to weep. I played and I played like I'd never played before, from Going Home and The Lord is My Shepherd to Flowers of the Forest. I closed the lengthy session with Amazing Grace and walked to my car.

As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, Sweet Jeezuz, Mary 'n Joseph, I have never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years!
Thanks Aunt B. for another great email!


  1. This is rare! I'm still laughing as I type this. I hope Aunt B has lots more where this came from. Have a great day.

  2. Hysterical LOL! That Aunt B gets some good ones. TY for sharing. Have a beautiful weekend, Joy.

  3. Oh my...I am laughing my head off! I really suckered for that would be laughing at me! Thanks for that~ Come say hi :D

  4. Wonder did they tell the piper sometime.... Now my brain runs in a different direction than most..
    But it is still funny....

  5. That was SO funny!! Thanks for the laugh today!

  6. Oh, that is so funny. Thanks for a good laugh.


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