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Bagpiper

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My cousin sent this in email.

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Bagpiper

As a bagpiper, I was asked by a funeral director to play at a grave-side service for a homeless man, with no family or friends. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery way back in the country, 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 & 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 never seen nothin' like that before - and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

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Comments

1.
jarasanComment by jarasan - February 24, 2009, 9:28 pm
My dad loved the bag pipes, thanks.
2.
emilygComment by emilyg - February 24, 2009, 10:49 pm
Too funny!
3.
konaneComment by konane - February 24, 2009, 11:48 pm
Thanks Em, thanks Jarasan!!!!

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