Friday, February 12, 2010
I need to share this heart touching story for Valentine's Day.
Please get your tissue ready!
As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a grave side service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in South East Oklahoma 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 was 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. 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, "Sweet, I never seen nothin' like that before.... and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.."
Ok, I am sorry, but I shed a tear over this one and then at the end of course felt pretty silly. So I HAD to share this with all my friends hoping you too will get as much enjoyment from it as I did. Get a GOOD laugh out of it, enjoy the day and be thankful it was not us in that "vault"! When you get through blowing your nose, wiping your eyes, go over to Kim at Homesteader's Heart and get a good laugh with the other Friday Funnies there!