The piper was asked to play a graveside funeral service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was held in the pauper’s section of the cemetery. The piper got lost on the way to the cemetery and by the time he got there, even the funeral directors were gone but he saw some workers sitting around the grave site eating lunch. So he arrived at the site, apologized to the men and started playing his bagpipes.
The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. He played with heart and soul for this poor man with no family and friends. As he played ‘Amazing Grace,’ the workers began to weep. They all wept together. When he had played for about 15 minutes, he packed up his gear and headed for his car. He felt heavy hearted but good about giving the poor deceased man a proper send off.
As he was opening the door to his car, he heard one of the workers say, “Wow, I never seen nothing like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”