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originally posted by: dashen
so many aprons but nobody cooking anything.
What are you guys up to?
originally posted by: network dude
Yes, it has come time to give back to what has given me so much. I have been blessed with three children, one of which is a boy and has just petitioned for the degrees in masonry. I'm very proud to have him want to take this step. He has asked a lot of questions over the years and hearing him talk about it when he finally asked the right question, was something I wish everyone could feel. He watched my journey unfold while he was growing up, asking me why I was always going to the lodge, and listening to my explanations of how I was helping to make other men masons, as many men did for me.
I was pretty active as my mentor had me at the Senior Stewards station soon after my being raised and 6 years later, I was master. So I spent a good bit of time with masonry just after I joined. I think that part turned him off at first, as he thought that was just how masonry was. I explained that you don't have to go full commando right off the bat, and easing into it is perfectly fine, as long as you don't loose sight of the useful and valuable tool.
But after having the second in command to Balphomet ask me a question, it occurred to me that I am confused as to the answer. What part will I play in the raising of my son? (BTW, it was Augustus who asked me, but you already knew that from the introduction) Obviously, I will raise him, but what other part would be best to do? I suggested Senior Deacon, but I feel that job would be best done by a stranger to him, as to impress that particular lesson. I'd like to present the Apron, but with such an emotional thing, and being a giant crybaby, I'd never make it through the second sentence.
So as a mason, if you were pressed with this conundrum, what would you do? I don't want to be un-inclusive to those who aren't masons, but this concept is and should be abstract to you, by design.