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Just wanted to pass this touching story along from a musician...
Septic Tank Casket
As a guitarist, 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 back country. As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost.

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 guitar 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 never seen nothin’ like that before and I’ve been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.”

Apparently, I’m still lost…
Posted by

Cheryl Dickson
970-462-5100 Wichita Falls, TX

Staff - Wichita Falls Association  of Realtors

eMail: InspectASAP@aol.com

Retired Realtor-GRI / Retired Home Inspector

Comments (13)

Tim Lorenz
TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team - Mission Viejo, CA
949 874-2247

Now that is funny.  Thanks for the fun this morning.

May 14, 2013 12:07 AM
Vince Chinell
VICO Home Inspection - Branson, MO

A joke about one of my favorite subjects...septic tanks and systems.  Hope things are going well.

May 14, 2013 12:20 PM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Now that is too funny, and I wasn't ready for the punchline. Have a great night.

May 14, 2013 01:42 PM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource
Cheryl, yes I would agree that you are still lost or have a unique sense of humor :)
May 15, 2013 02:01 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-617-6375
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Cheryl,

Wanted to stop by and say hello and got a good laugh in return! Best send off any septic tank ever had - right?

Have a happy day -


Jul 24, 2013 08:48 PM
Margaret Rome Baltimore 410-530-2400
HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400 - Pikesville, MD
Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome
What a fun way to start off the day.
Jul 24, 2013 09:58 PM
Hella Mitschke Rothwell
(831) 626-4000 - Honolulu, HI
Hawaii & California Real Estate Broker

I did not see that coming. First touching, then funny to laugh out loud. thank you.

Jul 25, 2013 04:00 PM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

Hi all, and Thanks everyone! I got a kick out of it, LOL! Thanks Lynn for the Re-Blog! :)

Aug 10, 2013 02:31 PM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-739-3843

Cheryl, you really took me on a ride of emotion with this one! I had to spotlight you on today's Tuesday Travelogue--I just couldn't resist!

                             Travelers in the Rain!





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Dec 09, 2014 04:06 AM
Ed Silva, 203-206-0754
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Cheryl, that's hysterical and I know I'll have a chuckle for a few days with that one, the reminder word being septic tank

Dec 09, 2014 05:24 AM
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Cheryl, coming over from Gayle's post. I love your story! Good chuckle!

Dec 09, 2014 07:46 AM
Cheryl Dickson
Retired Realtor / Retired Home Inspector - Oklahoma City, OK
Retired Realtor, GRI / Retired Home Inspector

Thank You Gayle! Ed & Tom, yep! Made me chuckle too, I had to pass it along.

Jul 24, 2016 04:58 AM
Fred Griffin Florida Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

 You led me all the way to the end, Cheryl!   Thanks for the morning laugh.

May 14, 2018 07:33 AM