Saturday, June 19, 2010

Old Joke #43

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 the Kentucky 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 bad 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 was opening the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been puttin’ in septic tanks for over twenty years."


  1. Your Old Joke is funny Jeanne.

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  2. Omigish, you really got me on this one. I walked right in, having overlooked the "Old Joke" header. Which makes it twice as funny, of course.

  3. Jokes, unlike history, deserve to be repeated. Especially ones like this. Well played.

  4. Absolutely brilliant! (You might like blog dated 8th May.)

  5. Oh Gaaaawd. Lady, where do you get these jokes from? They are always so funny.


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