Why did you become a Freemason?
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2005 14:54:00 -0800 (PST)
From: ART <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Why I Joined Freemasonry
You Can Always Trust A Mason
By Art Rathman
JW Peoria #31
My first introduction to Masonry was at an early age. It was during
a summer when my grandparents came to visit. Their car wasn't running
right so I went with my grandfather to a service station to get it
fixed. I stood there next to him like the curious 5 year old that I was
and listened. After a few words were exchanged, they shook hands and
grandpa gave the man his keys.
As we were walking to a café nearby to wait for the car I,
being a curious 5 year old, began to ask questions. After who knows how
many childish questions, I asked a rather obvious one, "Why did he give
his keys to a total stranger?" The answer most people would give would
be so that he could work on the car, but grandpa wasn't most people,
instead he replied "Because he's a Mason, you can always trust a Mason."
This answer had the desired effect, it answered the question in a way
that stopped any further questions from me.
You might wonder why this stopped the interrogation, it was obvious
that I had him on the ropes, right where I wanted him, but there's
something else I need to tell you about my family that will explain my
lack of response. You see, my father was not my mom's first husband,
she had been married to her high school sweetheart who gave her three
sons. When he passed away she married my father and he gave her three
more sons. My older brothers had a different last name and that was ok,
to us there was no difference. They were Masons, we were Rathmans.
So on that summer day, when grandpa tells me the mechanic is a Mason,
I thought he was related to me. Years later when I began to realize
there was no uncle or brother of mine working at the Chevron I began to
wonder just what he meant. The words "you can always trust a Mason"
stuck with me all these years. Whenever there was something on the
History channel, in a movie, or in a book regarding Masonry, I paid
attention. The more I learned, the more I saw what they stood for; what
my grandfather stood for. Their values and accomplishments were most
impressive. When I noticed a man at my church wearing a Mason's ring, I
finally asked to become a Mason.
Presently, I am the only Freemason in my family, my grandfather has
passed on and my brothers are either unable or uninterested in Masonry.
I can't help but wonder what my grandfather would think about it, but I
think I know what he'd say; "My grandson's a Mason, you can always trust
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