Initiating my Son...

Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by luftx, Aug 20, 2009.

  1. luftx

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    This past Friday, 14 Aug 09, I had the GREAT pleasure of initiating my 18 year old son. It was the first degree that I ever put on, and it was TOTALLY AWESOME! Other than a couple of bobbles I made it through without my CRS striking (CRS=Can't Remember ####) too bad. And at the end, I almost had him in tears (and it was all I could do to stop my self from laughing), but I got him through it, and he sure was relieved when I stepped down to the secretary's desk, grabbed his hand, and said "Congratulations Little Brother!" That's been a joke between us for years, I'm barely 5'10" and my son stands 6'7 (or there about).

    He had an awesome degree team, everybody on his team was someone that he's known personally for the past 3-4 years to all of his life (some he even respects ;) ). Afterwords he told me how much it meant to him to be able to recognize every voice that he heard and know that he "was in the hands . . . "!

    And, this week, I've been teaching him his work. He's doing SUCH a good job, that tomorrow evening, after another EA degree, I'm going to have him turn in Part I.

    We've spent some time this week traveling, so he's seen 4 other degrees, and on the 29th, we're driving to Alexandria, La, for the meeting of Tranquility Lodge #2000 (the master is a good friend of mine).

    I believe he's just what the doctor ordered in our lodge, a young mind that wants to learn the work!
     
  2. HKTidwell

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    That ROCKS! Congratulations!
     
  3. luftx

    luftx Premium Member

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    Thanks! Appreciate it!
     
  4. Bryan

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    That is excellent news !! Do you have photos ?

    I'm also planning on being at the Tranquility lodge meeting in Alexandria.. look for me.
     
  5. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    Congratulations, that is an honor!!
     
  6. luftx

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    No, I was so excited about the evening, I TOTALLY forgot to take my camera.

    I'll be sure to look for you, and we should be easy to spot, we're like Mutt and Jeff with him being so tall.

    So look for the short bald guy with the TALL heavyset young guy!

    Robert
     
  7. luftx

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    It sure was. I had such a GREAT time. And we still have two more degrees to go, with the best part (for my son) left to come. I have three MM rings, one which I bought (just to wear normally), my grandfather's and my dad gave me his, and that one is real special to me. So, the night he is raised, I'm giving my dad his father's ring back so he can present it to my boy. It needs some work done on it (the Compass and Square needs to be replaced), and I'll take care of that if I EVER find a job. But he's admired it for years, so I thought I'd let him wear it.
     
  8. rhitland

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    I am a son of a MM/PM and have a soft spot for Dad-Son in lodge, I cannot begin to tell you how my realtionship with my Dad has grown. Last year he was WM and I his SD and working with him taught me more in that year than I learned in the last decade. I wish you both well and the good times you two will have would rub off and do any Lodge good.
     
  9. Sirius

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    What a beautiful story, Brother. Thanks for sharing. I cantr wait to hear about the trouble you're gonna have in the MM degree. J-lum better be UT lineman.
     
  10. JEbeling

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    Looking forward to pictures of the MM degree.. !

    That must be a thrill.. !
     
  11. JTM

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    very nice. congratulations.
     
  12. luftx

    luftx Premium Member

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    That's the part that my Dad usually does, so I'm going to enjoy the show, and see if my old man can get the job done!
     
  13. luftx

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    It has been, more than I actually thought it would be. And before anyone takes that the wrong way, I mean that I didn't think my life with him could be any more thrilling. I knew that there would be more 'high' points, but I didn't think that the events in his life (so far) could be topped (I delivered him, almost 19 years ago, and I just didn't think that could be beat), but this sure has been close if not better.

    It's been GREAT!!!

    As an update, he turned in Part I of his work last night, and he just can't figure what he has done that causes everyone to come up and re-inforce the 'Good Job!' I've been trying to explain it to him, but he doesn't even have a clue. So now I have to teach him the rest, and if he picks it up as easy as he did the rest, I'll be putting on his FC Friday...

    Robert
     
  14. Ben Rodriguez

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    Awesome story, thanks for sharing with us, and congratulations to him for entering our beautiful fraternity!
     
  15. Gerald.Harris

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    Congratulations Brother , I can only imagine what your experience felt like. I conferred all three degrees on my blood brother several years ago, and am hopeful that I will eventually get to do the same on my son of 34 years. I bet it was awesome !!
     
  16. Gerald.Harris

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    Brothers, now that it is a done deal, I can tell you that I did iniate my son into masonry last evening, I have to admit that it was possibly one of the most emotional times in my entire life. I got lost during some of the ritual, and had to swallow back some of the emotion before I could proceed furthuer, one of my dear brothers was able to give me a prompt and get things back on track. Thank you my brother if you are reading this post.
     
  17. Bill Lins

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    Wow! I only hope I will have the privilege of conferring the Degrees upon my son someday.
     
  18. Gerald.Harris

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    Brother Bill, the feeling is just one that I don't have the words to describe. I also hope that you get the opportunity to live the experience.
     
  19. scottmh59

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    great story
     
  20. nick1368

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    Awesome story thanks for sharing. Can't wait to hear about the MM...
     

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