This was for my personal enjoyment

Written on 08/13/2022
Anthony Sluzas

As a bag-piper, I play many gigs. Recently, I was asked by a funeral director to play at a gravesite service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends. So the service was to be in a paupers 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 to ask directions. I finally arrived an hour late, saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight. There were only the diggers and crew. They were eating lunch. I felt badly, and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave 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 or friends. I played like I’d never played before. As I played ‘Amazing Grace,’ the workers began to weep. We all wept together. When I finished, I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. With my head hung low, my heart was full. As I was opening my car door, I heard one of the workers say, “Sweet mother of Jesus, I ain’t never seen nothing like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”