Not sure if I have even met a mason...

Discussion in 'Becoming a Freemason' started by BryanMaloney, Jan 20, 2012.

  1. BryanMaloney

    BryanMaloney Premium Member

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    I am going to go to my first open function at the local lodge tomorrow morning (lodge breakfast), at which time I think I am probably for the first time ever going to meet someone that I know is a mason. I have no known mason relatives. I have no friends that I know to be masons. Since I did not live in Texas until 2010, I would not be at all surprised if I did not know a single person at the lodge, tomorrow. Nevertheless, I'm going to show up.

    I must say that I have some nervousness. I have not lived an exemplary life. I have at least managed to commit no crimes in my past. I have been hoping that I've turned my life around since then, at least.
     
  2. Benton

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    Takes a lot of courage to walk into a situation like that. Be open, honest, friendly, and try to get to know the men you meet. You're taking the right first step.
     
  3. ess1113

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    If there is one place that will make you feel welcome despite no common membership, it will be a Masonic lodge.
    I think its great that you are going and I hope you make enough friends that you will feel like a part of the family.

    ESS
     
  4. BryanMaloney

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    Thank you for your responses. Elsewhere on this web site, I have found the following:
    This is why I wish to look into Freemasonry--rectitude for its own sake. Voluntary, intentional moral behavior, freely chosen by men who might be fully capable of immorality but choose the good simply because it is good.
     
  5. Bill Lins

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    If you've been in the Rockport area any time at all, there's a good chance you'll see at least one person you know at the Lodge. When I became a Mason, I was surprised by the number of men I had known & done business for years but never knew they were part of the Fraternity. Many Brethren do not advertise their affiliation.
     
  6. Bro. Stewart P.M.

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    I know all too well how difficult it is to walk into a situation where you new and unsure of your footing. You will do just fine! I know that I felt the same way that you do when I was petitioning my home lodge years ago. I was nervous but went anyway. As it turned out, of the 15 or so that were there that first night I knew over half of them!

    You'll be just fine. Jump in, the water is fine!!!
     
  7. M.Prejean

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    So how did it go?
     
  8. BryanMaloney

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    I was struck by how I was the youngest person there by at least 20 years--I am 46--and there were many people there. Otherwise, I think it went well. I have already been given a petition.
     
  9. hlnelson

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    The generation gap should pose no problem in the lodge. Congrats on your petition and all the best.
     
  10. BryanMaloney

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    Thank you. I didn't recognize a single face, though. It's probably a "different circles" matter.
     
  11. M.Prejean

    M.Prejean Registered User

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    That's Rockport, TX!!! Seriously, I think there's a minimum-age requirement for people moving there. I'm not sure how you at 46, slipped in! J/K

    I'm glad it went well for you. I also didn't know anybody when I took my first step, but when I showed up the second time and since, I was among friends who became brothers. Don't stress the age gap. I'm eleven years your junior and find that I have more in common with my brothers than I do with most of the people I associate with outside of lodge. A man's quality doesn't deteriorate with age, the good just get better.
     
  12. jwhoff

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    Well, that wasn't so bad was it? I bet all the rocks that could have been thrown at you were still on the pile out behind the lodge. I don't know many, even the most hardened cynic, who feel they can legitimately throw rocks at another man's shortcomings. That's usually a knee-jerk crowd mentality.

    Wish you the best of luck.
     
  13. stephenaulds

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    LOL I know how you feel with this one man! I really wouldn't worry about it though. You'll find that you may have more in common with the members of your Lodge (assuming you join) than you might think.
     
  14. BryanMaloney

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    I merely had no idea what to expect. My beloved wife is, for all her virtues, quite prone to moralism and legalism (I suppose she is meant to be anima to my animus of intellectualism and licentiousness). Since she was raised by her grandparents, such attitudes probably came from there. This is also a part of Texas where I caused some trouble for daring to accept a man's offer of a beer at his grand-daughter's wake. My wife was helping out with it, through a local church--but at the man's home, and it was afterwards deemed "inappropriate" for me to have had a beer at that event. We were asked to no longer help out at any church-run functions. As I saw it, he was in mourning and he was offering hospitality. How could I have turned him down? That didn't fly. So, I did have some nervousness, being from a foreign country (Indiana) on top of matters.

    However, my fears seem to have turned out to have been groundless.
     
  15. Bill Lins

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    Obviously not an Irish church! :wink:
     
  16. BryanMaloney

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    Neither Irish (the parish of my childhood) nor Greek (my current parish)!
     
  17. Txmason

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    I have done that! I did that when I petitioned in Mass. What a great group of guys! And I did the same thing when I had my degree work put on me in Texas. I'm proud to call myself a Texas mason! I agree it's tough to walk into a room full of strangers and introduce yourself and hope you are well received.
     
  18. BryanMaloney

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    I submitted my petition last night. Now I wait.
     
  19. stephenaulds

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    yes, now you wait while you are investigated by the full weight of Freemasonry!

    So tell me, have you had an molars removed? What's your stance on the whole orange juice VS. apple juice debate? If Batman and Superman got into a fight, who would win? Waffles or pancakes? Fries or onion rings?

    Your investigating committee will find out all of these things are more!! LOL just kidding!
     
  20. BryanMaloney

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    Orange juice in the morning, apple cider at night (nip of bourbon in cider is optional). Batman, but only if he has *time to prepare*. Pancakes--buckwheat. Fries--super-thin and crispy or steak fries, not that in-between fast food megachain stuff.

    You see, I have contemplated such mysteries.
     

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