As a bagpiper, I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man who had no family or friends. The funeral was to be held at a cemetery in the remote countryside and this man would be the first to be laid to rest there.
Ca cimpoier,am fost rugat de un director de pompe funebre sa cant la slujba tinuta pt inmormantarea unui boschetar care nu avea nici familie nici prieteni. Inmormantarea urma safie tinuta intr-un cimitir dintr-o zona indepartata de localitate si omul acela urma sa fie primul care sa-si gaseasca odihna acolo.
As I was not familiar with the backwoods area, I became lost and being a typical man, did not stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late. I saw the backhoe and the crew who were eating lunch but the hearse was nowhere in sight.
Cum nu eram prea familiarizat cu zona de la marginea padurii m-am ratacit si, fiind cam tipicar, nici nu m-am oprit sa cer lamuriri. In sfarsit am ajuns o ora mai tarziu. Am vazut groapa si echipa care tocmai manca dar nici un dric nu se vedea undeva.
I apologized to the workers for my tardiness and stepped to the side of the open grave where I saw the vault lid already in place.
Le-am cerut scuze lucratorilor pt intarziere si am pasit catre marginea mormantului deschis unde am vazut ca deja se pusese capacul.
I assured the workers I would not hold them up for long but this was the proper thing to do. The workers gathered around, still eating their lunch. I played out my heart and soul.
I-am asigurat pe lucratori ca n-o sa-it in prea mult dar ca trebuia sa fac ce era corect. Muncitorii s-au adunat pe langa mine, inca mancand. Am cantat din tot sufletul.
As I played the workers began to weep. I played and I played like I'd never played before, from Going Home and The Lord is My Shepherd to Flowers of the Forest. I closed the lengthy session with Amazing Grace and walked to my car.
In timp ce cantam muncitorii au inceput sa planga. Am cantat cum n-am mai cantat pana atunci, de la Going Home si The Lord is My Shepherd pana la Flowers of the Forest. Am incheiat lunga secventa cu Amazing Grace si am mers catre masina mea.
As I was opening the door and taking off my coat, I overheard one of the workers saying to another, I have never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years.
In timp ce deschideam usa si-mi scoteam haina am auzit pe unul dintre muncitori spunandu-i altuia "Niciodata n-am vazut asa ceva, si ingrop rezervoare septice de douazeci de ani".