Sunday, 14 August 2011

Funeral Procession

Some stories are worth telling again. Today's story is no exception.

A man was leaving a riverside cafe with his usual cup of morning coffee when he noticed a most unusual funeral procession approaching down the canal. There was a coffin being carried on a tug deck, which was followed by a second coffin also on a tug deck about 50 Feet behind the first tug. Behind the second tug was a solitary man in a small cruiser with  a large dog.

A short distance behind the man and dog in the cruiser, were about 200 mourners who were all men and walking in single file along the tow path. It was very solemn, reverent and at the same time an eerie sight to behold. The man with the coffee stood to attention and removed his hat and bowed his head. After both coffins had passed he stood at ease and continued to observe the unusual happenings.

As the small cruiser drew level, the man couldn't contain his curiosity any longer. He respectfully approached the man in the cruiser with a dog and said, "I am so sorry for your loss, and this may be a bad time to disturb you; but I've never seen a funeral like this before. Whose funeral is it?" "My wife's.", answered the man in mourning. ''What happened to her?", the curious man asked. The man in mourning replied, "She yelled at me, and my dog attacked and killed her." He inquired further, "But who is in the second coffin?" The man in mourning answered, "My mother-in-law. She was trying to help my wife when the dog turned on her."

A very poignant and touching moment of brotherhood and silence passed between the two men. The man asked "Can I borrow the dog?" The man in mourning replied, "Get in line."


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