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Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:41 PM

A Homeless Man's Funeral

~Time is like a river. You cannot touch the water twice, because the flow that has passed will never pass again. Enjoy every moment of life.~


As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Nova back country.

As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions.

I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch. I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late.

I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man.

And as I played Amazing Grace, the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothing like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

Apparently I'm still lost .... it's a man thing.

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:39 PM

1. Oh snap!

I cried until I laughed!

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Fri Nov 30, 2012, 08:05 AM

2. now that is funny

I could not imagine why this was posted here . . . even as I read it.

then . . . there it was.

good one!

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Response to polly7 (Original post)

Mon Dec 10, 2012, 06:07 AM

3. Love it!

Very cute!

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