Mom, Is That Man a Mason?

Date: Sunday, July 04, 1999 5:38 AM

Mommy, Is That Man a Mason?

The Royal Arch Mason - Spring 1977

The following story was related to me by my daughter.

A couple of months ago, my five-year-old granddaughter 
was in the front yard, jumping rope with her sister. The one 
end of the rope was tied to a tree, the other end, in the 
hands of her sister was being twirled. My granddaughter 
was jumping when suddenly the rope became tangled.

Just then a retired neighbor from the next street came 
walking by. Seeing the girls were in trouble, he stopped to 
help untangle the rope and retied it properly. He then took 
hold of the other end and spent several minutes showing 
them how to twirl it properly. My granddaughter then 
thanked him.

His answer to her was, "Honey, you don't have to thank me 
it was my duty," after which he continued walking down the 

My granddaughter then went into the house and asked her 
mother, "Mommy, is that man a Mason?" Her mother smiled 
and said, "Yes, honey, that man is a Mason!"

They say that out of the mouths of babes come words of 
wisdom. That same man was senior warden 30 years ago, 
when I was raised a Master Mason. Although, due to ill 
health, he had not attended lodge in the last few years, he 
still remembered his obligations. When he was active, he 
inspired me enough that I vowed to myself that someday I 
would become master. Due to my work for 20 years, I was 
unable to fulfill that vow. But, in the last few years, I have 
been privileged to serve as master, high priest, and now as 
generalissimo of my Commandery. I am hoping to serve as 
commander next year.

As such, I have often heard, "Why is attendance in all 
bodies on the decline?" We strive for perfection in our lodge 
ritual work, but do we, as Masons, let our light shine before 
men that they may see our good works?

The Mason of whom I have spoken, although unable to 
attend lodge, was able to impress a five-year-old girl. Can 
we not learn from this event that our everyday lives in lodge, 
work and the home are what it is all about? My little 
granddaughter has seen me rush home from work, dress 
and hurry to lodge. The night I was installed as master, she 
gave me a worshipful master's pin to wear on my lapel.

She may be only five years old, but she seems to know what 
Masonry is about.

I ask each of you who read this now ... during your lifetime, 
how many times has the question been asked about you by 
your neighbors, adults and children alike, is he a Mason?

Earlier this evening we gave this man a Masonic burial 
service. I than related this event to his widow and family. 
Upon returning home, I asked myself: How many times has 
this man let his light before other that they could see his 
good works?

He served Wellington Lodge as master and was high priest 
of Wellington Chapter during the year 1947. His name: 
Lloyd Irish.

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