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A Homeless Man's Funeral. . .

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A Homeless Man's Funeral. . .

I saw this one recently which I rather liked!
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 a small country town.
As I was not familiar with the back roads, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral director 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 apologised 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’ve never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."
Apparently I'm still lost....
jelv (a.k.a Spoon Whittler)
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Re: A Homeless Man's Funeral. . .

That's wonderful jelv, had me in tears of laughter at the end....
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Re: A Homeless Man's Funeral. . .

Smiley  very good jelv.    this one is quite similiar.

I saw benny about to tee off at the golf club so i went over to have a wee chat with him,as I hadnt seen him for some time.
As we spoke, a funeral cortege passed us by.
Benny stopped speaking, closed his eyes, crossed himself and appeared to be silently praying.

A few moments later i said to him, "gee benny that was nice ,I didnot know you were religious?"
Ah well he said it was the wife.
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Re: A Homeless Man's Funeral. . .

Good one jelv.  Thanks Grin