A Tough Night
Back in the professor's show biz days, some gigs were harder than others. It was a benefit, held in a church basement in St. Paul for a six year old with cancer. It was well organized, with activities for kids, a silent auction and lots of door prizes. Our combo was the entertainment.
About a week before, the child died. It is strange, to play a wake. The parents were there, his medical team, relatives, neighbors and schoolmates. His father gave a heart-rending speech, thanking those who helped, but he was really inconsolable. We played the best we could, I think people appreciated it. Afterwards, there was a ton of leftover beer that had been donated by a local brewery. They told us to take as much home as we wanted.
It was really good beer, but it didn't make me feel any better.