Amazing Grace… in “not so C sharp”

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 Scotia 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 was hung low, my heart was full.

 As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, “I never seen anything like that before, and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”

About inmycorner

This blog began as an opportunity to tell my Dad's stories. I sat with him and the computer and together we told stories. It was a wonderful way to get to know Dad. He was 9. He and Mom had a wonderful life together and since she passed away a year and a half before him - Dad was ready to join her. I no longer tell his stories but have found stories of my own. The impetus to resume this blog was the discovery that I had stage 4 ovarian cancer. Since blogging had been so therapeutic for my dad and I to get through our grief, I felt maybe this would be a good outlet to process my situation. I also hoped it may serve as an outreach to anyone else who is facing this very ominous journey. So far, so good.
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9 Responses to Amazing Grace… in “not so C sharp”

  1. I did Laugh out Loud when I read this. 🙂 One of your Dad’s stories, I presume; is it true or fiction?
    Suggestion to get this tale to more readers:
    If it’s fiction, you should add the tag “fiction” as well. If it’s true, the tag “personal” would be good as well. And whether it’s true or not, do add the tags “stories”, “music”, and “humor.” I haven’t paid attention to your tagging before, but you can actually use up to 15 tags/categories on a post.
    Common tags include Canada, Diary, Journal, Parenting, Children, Thoughts, Reflections, etc

    • inmycorner says:

      Ha – although it is likely to have been a non-fiction of my Dad’s it is actually fiction. I have not really focused on readership as the purpose of this blog was to communicate to my far-away family about my progress. Havnig said that – I am not opposed to increasing readership so I appreciate your tip. Will try and see what happens. Thank-you, Christine!

  2. kiwiskan says:

    Oh, I love this!

  3. Kathy says:

    Ok….that’s flipping funny !!!

  4. Dawna says:

    You made me laugh out loud Stacy—thanks for my first smile of the day

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